Glock shock! Marussia dump driver to leave rookie Chilton waiting for new team-mate
12:31 GMT, 21 January 2013
19:22 GMT, 21 January 2013
British Formula One rookie Max Chilton is on the lookout for a new team-mate after Timo Glock was surprisingly dumped by Marussia.
Reports gathered on Sunday evening that Glock, who has raced for Maurssia since the team made their debut in 2010, would leave.
And the news was confirmed today with the F1 team citing ‘commercial’ considerations behind their decision.
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‘Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,’ said Marussia chief John Booth.
‘Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience while also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport.
‘Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.
‘And the ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that was have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.’
In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go
Glock, who made his debut for Jordan in 2004 before spending two seasons at Toyota, wanted a bigger salary but Maurssia need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the cash-strapped team.
The British-based team suffered a hefty financial blow after conceding 10th place to Caterham in the closing stages of the season-finale in Brazil last year.
Bruno Senna, who was dropped by Williams, and Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, are among the early favourites to replace Glock.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Totto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.
The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton’s close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.
Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.
The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton's close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.