The Glock’s a bit fast as Virgin chief places him in the top eight

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TEAM principal John Booth claims senior Marussia Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock is one of the best on the Formula One grid and has admitted: “We’re very lucky to have him.”

It was a major coup for the Dinnington-based outfit when Glock agreed a new three-year contract in July.

The former Toyota ace is highly rated in the paddock and Booth is delighted to have the German at his disposal.

“For me, Timo’s one of the top eight drivers out there, if not higher than that,” he said. “In tough situations, he always gives 100 per cent. We’re very lucky to have him.”

Glock was forced to retire early on in the last grand prix in Singapore after being clipped by Hispania HRT’s Daniel Ricciardo. Now the 29-year-old is aiming to get back on track in Japan this weekend in round 15 of the season.

“I’ve been back to Europe in the break to continue to work on my fitness for the long-haul races, which means a lot of cycling in Switzerland of course,” said Glock. “The next two races, being back to back, are tough ones for the team so I’m as prepared as I can be to support us with what I hope can be two strong race performances.”

The Star understands Virgin will not finalise their driver line-up until the end of the 2011 campaign. Jerome D’Ambrosio is in possession of the second race seat but youngster Robert Wickens is also in contention.