Marussia confirmed on Monday, that they have dropped German Timo Glock form the driver line-up for this season´s championship..
The team, narrowly missing out on 10th place in the constructors championship last year, hired Max Chilton to face alongside Glock this season, but a recent German report strongly indicated that a split between the two parties were imminent. The team also said that the decision was mutual with Glock accepting his fate and that they had been looking for a driver with a stronger financial package.
Team boss John Booth:
“Timo has made a very significant contribution to our team over the past three seasons, helping us to develop our package to the point where, for a large proportion of the 2012 season, we were holding 10th place in the constructors’ championship.
“Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team. Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience whilst also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport. Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model. The ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that we have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.
“Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, Formula One teams included. We would like to thank Timo for working with us to reach this decision, especially as he had a valid contract, and also for the contribution he has made to our team. We wish him all the best for his future and I would like to congratulate the next team acquiring the services of such a competitive, professional and experienced racer.
“We will provide an update regarding the completion of our driver line-up in due course.”
Vitaly Petrov has been rumoured to be offered the vacant seat at Marussia. He is backed by some serious Russian rubles, and the Russian GP is inaugurated next year.