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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Glock signs up with Manor

Newbies Manor Grand Prix have signed Toyota refuge Timo Glock to a two year deal, with an option for a third.

The BBC reports he will likely partner with Lucas di Grassi, while rumors still suggest Manor will run as Virgin F1 in its 2010 debut.

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“It might seem like a brave step,” Glock said on his Web site. “But there are many good reasons to join this team. For me as a driver, for example, it was important that I was assured I would be involved in the development of the team and the car. The car is being designed by Nick Wirth. That was another argument in the team’s favour as far as I was concerned. Nick Wirth has a lot of race car design experience and a very good reputation. You only need to look at the Acura ARX-02a to see what he and his team can do. That prototype was immediately successful in the American Le Mans Series despite not spending a single hour in a wind tunnel. It is a sensational car!”

Glock missed the last three races of the 2009 season due to injury, but has shown spurts of promise in his F1 career.

“It has always been my recommendation that we have at least one driver with experience of the 2009 cars to help our development programme,” Wirth is quoted by the BBC. “But to get a driver that has not only achieved podium finishes in 2009 but has such proven talent and the potential to take us forward for many years is very exciting... We just can't wait to get Timo into the new car once track testing begins next year.”

Button watch

Jenson Button looks a step closer to moving to McLaren, as talks between the Woking team and Kimi Raikkonen have broken down over salary demands, according to a report by AUTOSPORT.

Sources told the publication Button will likely commit to the team in the next few days. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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