It was hardly a surprise to hear that Timo Glock will line up for BMW Motorsport in the DTM during 2013. As Status Grand Prix owner Mark Gallagher said on Twitter, “Glock’s DTM deal will have been done prior to the Marussia split to mitigate loss of F1 deal. Deals don’t follow chronology of press releases..”
Glock joins reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler, Augusto Farfus, Joey Hand, Andy Priaulx, Martin Tomczyk, Dirk Werner and Marco Wittmann in a eight-car squad as the reigning champions defend their title in 2013.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said this morning, “We are delighted to have Timo Glock back at BMW Motorsport. Over the course of his career, Timo has proven on more than one occasion how valuable he is to any team, thanks to his driving ability and open manner. The fact that he is now returning to the BMW family six years after leaving his role as test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team makes this appointment all the more pleasing. I am confident Timo will take no time at all to find his feet in the DTM and will give the fans a lot of pleasure.”
“It is very exciting for me to drive for BMW again after all these years – and in such a top-class racing series as the DTM,” said Glock. “I had a fantastic time in Formula One, but am now looking forward to battling for victories again with my old friends at BMW Motorsport. That is the approach I shall be taking to the challenge of the DTM. I am obviously aware I will have to adapt to a few areas.
“Not all former Formula One drivers have found their feet immediately in the DTM. But I am using precisely that as my motivation. After winning the title in such impressive fashion last year, there can be absolutely no question that the BMW M3 DTM has everything it needs to allow us to compete at the front of the field again in 2013.”
The tests this week in Valencia presented Glock with the opportunity to gain his first experience at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM, and naturally the ex-F1 driver impressed immediately. Over the coming weeks and months he and his seven fellow drivers will prepare for the 2013 series, which gets underway in Hockenheim on 5th May, 2013.