The day before his solid second place finish in Singapore, Timo Glock was informed by his Toyota team president John Howett that the option on his contract to include the 2010 season will not be taken up by the team.
The information was reported by the German publications Sport Bild as well as newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Bild-Zeitung.
A spokesman for the Cologne-based team also confirmed the news, but contradicted those publications who interpreted the move as Glock having been ‘fired’. Rather, he insisted that Toyota’s partnership with Glock is not necessarily at an end, but that both sides had been given freedom to assess their options.
"The door is not closed," he added, also insisting that the news has nothing to do with the team’s future.
With Jarno Trulli’s future also in the air, the news could be seen as yet more evidence that Toyota intends to wind down its involvement in F1 at the end of the year, spanning 8 years without a single race win.
Glock also confirmed the news about his expiring option. "Now I have to look around," he said. "I have several possibilities and I am very confident. Let’s see what happens this week."
Sebastian Vettel said he was shocked to hear that Toyota was not automatically renewing Glock’s deal, but surmised that his Singapore podium had been "the right answer" to give.
Well put, Sebastian!