SEVEN years ago, Timo Glock finished in seventh place at the Canadian Grand Prix and joined an elite club of drivers who have scored points on their Formula One debut. How times change.
Unless something dramatic happens in Montreal this weekend, German racer Glock is likely be competing at the back of the grid for Dinnington-based team Marussia Virgin Racing.
It was in 2004 when Glock, having replaced Jordan regular Giorgio Pantano behind the wheel in Canada, crossed the line in 11th position before being promoted to seventh following the disqualification of Toyota and Williams.
Glock admits he has “very good memories” of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, having come second in the Champ Car series a year later. He also finished fourth in 2008 while driving for Toyota after leading the race for some laps.
“It’s always special to come here to Montreal and I love the city,” he said. “It has a really exciting vibe and everyone loves to experience time after time.”
The 29-year-old expects the track to be dirty at the beginning of the weekend but he is hopeful Virgin can move forward at the fly-away race.
“It [Canada] combines long straights with chicanes and slow corners and it will be interesting to be able to use DRS at two different points of the track,” said Glock, who has finished three out of the opening six races of the campaign.
“It’s always a challenge to drive closely past the Wall of Champions without actually touching it. I hope our low downforce package works well and we can have a good weekend.”