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GP Week : Issue 126
The German announced at his home race that he is now signed to Marussia Virgin Racing through to 2014. He spoke with Adam Hay-Nicholls 5 Minutes with ... TIMO GLOCK GPWEEK: How easy was it to make this decision to re -sign? TIMO GLOCK: It was quite easy. I think we had a plan 18 months ago, and we’ve had a tough time but the team has made some positive announcements in the last few weeks which shows their commitment, and what I want is for us to be successful together. I think the possibilities we have now are just very positive. Will the technical cooperation with McLaren help move the team forward? This is a clear step. The number of races McLaren has won tell their own story. The commitment to do this shows what the team wants to do in the future. Last year you were fairly bullish about CFD as opposed to wind tunnels, but now the team is doing wind tunnel testing. How big a step for ward is this in terms of the team growing? Massive. We still have the CFD capacity, but using the wind tunnel in addition, as every other team is doing, is the right way forward. There’s no negative, it’s all positive, and that will change our position in the future. Given this long-term commitment, will you consider moving to the UK to be close to the team? No, there’s no reason to do that. Whenever I have to be there, I go there. By 2014 we’ll be racing in Russia. Virgin Racing is now part Russian owned, so what chance of a podium there? Yeah, we’ll see. You have to have targets and our target is to be successful at Socchi. We want to fight for the podium or top five there. A lot of people laughed at me when I said I wanted to win the championship with Toyota, but you have to have targets. I put so much pressure on these guys and they put so much pressure on me, so we are in a good way. How was last weekend’s F1 demo in Socchi? Did the fans turn out in force? It was great, and a good way to show a new country what F1 can bring. I’m looking forward to going back a couple more times before 2014. To be a Russian- supported team in Russia made us very happy. I had some fun, did some donuts... What are your targets for next year? Wehavetofindawaytoraceinthe midfield, being in Q2 regularly, getting an occasional point. You’ve been with the team since its inception. Have you not got frustrated at times and thought you might want to be somewhere else? I was frustrated at certain moments last year, but that takes two or three hours and then I reset my head and think about the next weekend. People ask how I remain motivated when I am fighting for P20, but I love what I do. Formula One was my goal and I enjoy it, and fight till the last lap whether it’s for a podium or P20. I just want to get 100 percent from the package, which is what I’m doing. 20