24 drivers in 24 days – twenty-three

Quick news bite: Pedro de la Rosa is back at McLaren and is doing test work for them again, having left Pirelli. And now back to your regularly-scheduled blog post…

#24 – Timo Glock In total this German driver has had four seasons in Formula One, starting as a test driver in 2004 where he drove for four races for Jordan, then having a break including a trip into GP2 before returing to drive with Toyota for two seasons. With the loss of Toyota, he became a Virgin Racing driver. His last ever race for Toyota saw him finish second, and he’s definitely got talent! Hopefully, Virgin will give him the opportunity to show it in the future. He’s currently recovering from an appendix operation, but seems to be very bored because of missing out on testing.

Like Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg before him, Timo Glock won the GP2 championship. But before that, way back in his second year of racing, he won Formula BMW ADAC in 2001 for the BMW rookie team. A quick bit of investigation reveals that Christian Klien (formerly of Jaguar, Red Bull and HRT) was one of his competitors, and the only one whose name I recognise. Timo finished with 268 points after 20 races, including 8 wins, 3 poles and 13 podiums. Klien had 232 points after 19 races with 5 wins, 3 poles and 13 podiums. So they must have shared a podium at least a few times. But finishing 31 points ahead of his opponent shows that Timo really dominated the competition, unlike the 2007 GP2 season where there were a lot of different winners.

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