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Formula 1 | Glock recalls ‘political game’ that you used him from Jordan

After several promising runs in 2004 with Jordan, Timo Glock was hoping to land a 2005 drive with the team. Unfortunately, the German remembers that he did not have the opportunity because of off-track negotiations.

« Yes, this is the first time I have been involved in these political games » recalls Glock in the Beyond the Grid podcast. « Eddie showed up in China, where we were talking about another driver who could take the seat, then said ‘if you get me more money, let’s say you can get the seat’ and so on. »

« So there were political games, and then the team was sold to Midland between 2004 and 2005, and the owners had different views and wanted to have different drivers with a financial input. »

«And that’s what I didn’t have. So I had to take another path in America, doing ChampCar, which was another big year for me. But it was hard to accept that this It wasn’t the talent that mattered, it was the money. »

« I knew before that it was part of Formula 1, but being right in the middle of the game like that is a different scenario. It’s not just about talent, there are political things and a financial background that you must have at some point. »

Access to motorsport thanks to the family business

Glock had started shortly before in Formula 1 as a tester for Jordan. But the German, who worked for the family business for a long time, explains how he made contacts in motorsport thanks to his work alongside Formula 3.

« My father has a scaffolding business » explains Glock. « In F3, when I came home on Sunday night from an F3 race, on Monday I had to report to the company and had to work. It kept my feet on the ground, which was good. »

« With the scaffolding company, we worked at Pirelli in Germany. Thanks to that, we knew the sporting director of Pirelli Germany, and he offered us a contract with my manager at the time. »

« He has supported me throughout my career in Formula BMW, F3 and F1. He had a connection with Deutsche Post, who sponsored Jordan, and that’s how the connection was born that made it possible to pass and get support all the way to F1. »

Very beneficial free trials

His debut was made thanks to the rule allowing the six worst teams in the championship to enter a third driver on Friday in free practice, and he regrets that this no longer exists: « It really helped me a lot. »

“First of all, I got to learn the tracks, learn how to work with the team, drive the cars in different configurations, in qualifying mode with high fuel, low fuel, etc.

« So it was a very good tool and a great help for young drivers who show talent. Is it still possible nowadays? I don’t know. Now you have simulators, which are almost as good as the real world, but it’s not the same. »

“It’s a different scenario if you’re in a real car on a real track on a race weekend, it’s totally different. a weekend of racing, next to the big guys. »

A “fun” season with Jordan

Finally, it was in Montreal that Glock had his chance. Giorgio Pantano was sidelined by Eddie Jordan following a financial disagreement, thrusting Glock into the limelight with a nice result.

« I got the call on Saturday morning, standing in the bathroom, brushing my teeth, and looking on my cell phone. It was Eddie Jordan who called me and in a typical way he says to me ‘come to the circuit, you have to race. You will replace Giorgio this weekend.’ »

« I can’t really remember what happened that day because everything went very fast. I just tried to do as well as possible. What I do know is that I finished 11th and then four cars were disqualified and Eddie took me out because I scored two points! »

« Eddie took me out to dinner and he was the happiest of men because points meant a lot of money for the team. Another highlight was standing next to Norbert Haug, Mercedes manager at the time, and Michael [Schumacher] and his wife, Corinna, having a drink in Montreal. »

« It was an unreal weekend for me. It’s been a whole year of great fun with Eddie Jordan. I mean, he’s a character. He’s a really good guy. He’s telling you the truth. If you really make a mistake, he kicks your ass hard. There’s nothing wrong with that: he’s outspoken. »

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