Surprising news on the F1 front this morning, with Marussia confirming that Timo Glock has left the team. The German has been a formative part of the fledgling outfit, and was expected to remain for 2013. Glock and the team have said the move is by mutual consent, and the word is that Glock will head to the DTM series.
The news leaves the back of the grid team in need of a driver to pair with newcomer Max Chilton; logic dictates that this would be someone with experience. At the head of the list of possible candidates must be current Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov; the Russian would be a sensible choice in what is a Russian backed team, especially with a Russian GP on the horizon.
Caterham currently has Charles Pic confirmed, and Petrov expecting to be so, but this latest announcement could shake up the situation at the back of the grid. Experienced drivers on the market include Heikki Kovalainen and Kamui Kobayashi – neither of whom brings much-needed sponsorship but both of whom would be a sensible choice for either team.
Meanwhile, there is considerable confusion about Force India; the team has yet to make an announcement about its 2013 drivers – although Paul di Resta is widely believed to be staying on – and there is plenty of talk about VJ Mallya’s financial problems. The team has issued a statement to the effect that all is well, but there are rumours of a deal being brokered in the background for a take –over. We shall await news with interest.