F1 Birthdays: 18/3/2011

Marussia Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock celebrates his 29th birthday today. Having recently had his appendix out, he was out of action for the final Barcelona test and was probably grateful for the cancellation of the Bahrain GP that he would have had to miss.
German Timo won the first two series he participated in: the ADAC Formula Junior Cup, where he had 11 wins and 15 podiums in 19 races, followed by Formula BMW ADAC. In 2002, aged 20, he moved up to German Formula 3, finishing third with 3 wins and 6 podiums in 18 races. Gary Paffet, McLaren’s test driver, won with Liuzzi finishing 9th.
2003 brought Timo into the Formula 3 Euroseries, where he finished a disappointing fifth behind Christian Klien in 2nd, but ahead of Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Lucas di Grassi and Sakon Yamamoto. But he was signed up with Jordan as test driver, replacing Giorgio Pantano (who would later go on to win GP2) at Canada, finishing seventh after Williams and Toyota were disqualified to earn 2 points on his debut. This puts Timo in the small ‘earned points in their first race’ club. Also in that season, he did the last three races for Jordan.
2005 saw Timo heading to the US, racing in Champ Car. He was the Champ Car World Series’ Rookie of the Year. However, he was destined to return to Europe, and joined GP2 in its second season. In his first season he finished 4th, and won the next season while also performing as Sauber’s test driver.
2008 gave Timo his first full season of F1, with Toyota. That year and the next he finished 10th, before moving to the brand new Virgin Racing for 2010. It was a rather disappointing season for Timo, finishing bottom of the regular drivers (only ahead of Hispania’s Yamamoto and Klien) but there’s hope for 2011 with an improving car.
Timo also likes food, and regularly posts pictures on his Twitter account: @RealTimoGlock.


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