Timo Glock has rejected all suggestions that his seat at Virgin Racing was under threat for the 2011 season, confirming that he is “100% certain” to stay with the Manor Motorsport run outfit next year.
Recent reports have suggested that the German was a possible candidate for Vitaly Petrov’s seat at Renault next year, even though he has a done-and-dusted contract to remain with the rookie outfit next season.
But the speculation will have to die down from now, with a Virgin Racing published interview with the former Jordan and Toyota pilot confirming he is staying put.
“I am definitely driving for Virgin,” he is quoted as saying.
“It is not just 99.9% certain that I will stay, as has been reported – it is 100% certain that I am staying. Since the beginning I have had a long-term contract with the team and I said then that I was doing this to help build a team for the future.”
He also dismissed any rumours that suggested he was unhappy at Virgin Racing were well off the mark.
“There has been a lot of speculation about me wanting to leave, but it is not about leaving a team, it is about wanting to do better and keep moving forward,” he added.
“This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven’t seen that with their own eyes, like I have, so it’s easy to criticise or be cynical.”
By contrast, Glock’s 2010 team-mate Lucas di Grassi seemingly remains out of contract and unconfirmed to remain with the outfit for next season after a largely anonymous debut F1 season.
While it is rumoured that the second seat in next year’s VR-02 would in all likelihood go to the highest bidder – rumoured to be Jérôme d’Ambrosio or Giedo van der Garde – the Brazilian wrote via Twitter that he remained “confident” of being retained despite having heard “nothing yet” about his F1 future.
Well, he was always going to say that, wasn’t he?
“I don’t think we will have to wait too much longer for that news — hopefully before Christmas,” Glock said, when asked about the identity of his team-mate.
[Original image via LAT]
UPDATE: Virgin Racing has written to us via Twitter and officially confirmed that Timo Glock will be staying with the squad. Nice to see we’re being followed by some of the sport’s key figures!