Timo Glock will stay at Virgin Racing until 2014 after signing a new long-term contract with the team.
The German joined Virgin in 2009 after Toyota, his previous team, pulled out of the sport, and has raced in each of the 27 grand prix that the new team have contested.
“I am very happy to confirm that Marussia Virgin Racing will be my home for the next few years of my Formula One career,” said Glock. “I'm especially pleased to be able to announce this news ahead of my home Grand Prix in Germany today, where my career began.
“The past 18 months of racing have been quite tough, although this was always to be expected. As a driver I knew I would have to go back a few steps in order to move forward. Now we have tasted the difficult times together I can't wait to be with the team when we start to enjoy the good times.
Those good times seem more likely than they did a few months ago. Virgin Racing parted company with Nick Wirth earlier this year and have since began a technical partnership with McLaren. Under this deal the team will benefit from access to McLaren knowledge and facilities – including a wind tunnel. These changes were obviously instrumental in persuading Glock to commit to the team.
“I've seen tremendous belief from Marussia and hard work and commitment across the whole team,” Glock added. “With the additional steps we have taken – the technical partnership with McLaren and bringing the whole team together – I believe we can achieve our goals together. This year we've demonstrated that we know how to build a reliable car, and with the resources we now have we should be able to add to that a high-performing car. After that it's all about gradual but significant steps forward.”
Chief Executive Officer Andy Webb explained why the team were keen to sign Glock: “We are delighted to have agreed a new long-term contract with Timo, which represents another significant step in our plans for Marussia Virgin Racing,” he said. “Timo's contribution to the team over the past 18 months has been immeasurable and he has certainly lived up to his commitment to help build a team from within.
“It has been a tough climb at times, and for a driver of his unquestionable record it must have proved frustrating at times. Both he and the team are fortunate to be faced with the opportunities we have now created for ourselves when we are still very much in our infancy.
“Timo is vastly experienced whilst still bringing youth and great spirit to the team. We are looking forward to seeing what we can do together to extract the maximum from our resources, particularly the promising technical partnership with McLaren. We look forward to continuing the positive relationship we enjoy with Timo.”