Today, on March 18th, 2023, we remember Timo Glock, a former Formula 1 driver from Germany who was born on this day in 1982 in Lindenfels, Hesse. Glock began his racing career at the age of 15 in karting, before moving on to small single-seaters and eventually to the BMW Formula BMW-ADAC Junior championship in 2000. He won the title in his second year before moving up to the German Formula 3 championship in 2002, where he finished third overall.
In 2004, Glock made his Formula 1 debut as a test driver for the Jordan-Cosworth team before being promoted to a race seat later in the year. He scored two points in his first race in Canada and finished 11th in the championship standings. However, a lack of funding prevented him from continuing in F1, and he left the team at the end of the year.
Glock then spent a season racing in the Champ Car World Series in the USA, where he finished eighth overall and was named rookie of the year. However, he soon realised that he wanted to return to Europe and compete in F1 again.
In 2006, Glock joined the GP2 Series, which was seen as the best way to get into F1. He won two races that season and was a front-runner in 2007, winning five races and taking the championship title.
Glock then returned to F1 in 2008 as a test driver for BMW before being promoted to a race seat with Toyota. He scored his first podium that season and finished 10th overall. The following year, Glock continued to impress, finishing on the podium twice and again finishing 10th in the championship standings.
However, Glock’s time with Toyota came to an end in 2009, and he joined the new Virgin Racing team for the 2010 season. The car was not competitive, and Glock struggled to score any points. He remained with the team for the 2011 season but again struggled to make an impact.
In 2012, Glock moved to the Marussia team but again struggled with an uncompetitive car. He announced his departure from the team at the end of the season and ultimately left F1 altogether.
Throughout his F1 career, Glock scored three podiums and his best championship finish was 10th in 2008, 2009. He raced for six seasons with four constructors and 10 different teammates. In total, he participated in 109 races, started 91 of them, and finished with 51 championship points.
Today, on his 41st birthday, we remember Timo Glock and his contributions to the world of motorsport. Though he may not have been one of the sport’s most successful drivers, he worked hard throughout his career and always gave his best effort on the track.