Ex-Formulation 1 driver Timo Glock recalled how he went from having a Renault deal able to signal, and curiosity from McLaren, to becoming a member of neither.
Again in 2009 Glock was making reminiscences as he took to the Singapore podium following a P2 end with Toyota, however behind the scenes, all was removed from celebratory.
The truth is, Toyota have been getting ready to finalise their upcoming withdrawal from the collection, and having missed the final three races of the season by accidents suffered in a crash on the Japanese GP, Glock was on the lookout for a brand new future employer.
However, it appeared he already had that field ticked with Renault prepared to supply him a seat subsequent to Robert Kubica for 2010.
Requested throughout the Past the Grid podcast if he was feeling insecure about his future as discuss of Toyota leaving F1 intensified in Singapore, Glock replied: “Yeah, I imply, that was positively one level. However on the similar time, I used to be speaking to Renault at this stage.
“They have been very interested by signing me subsequent to Robert Kubica. So in parallel, we have been speaking to them. That was one other awkward scenario till Abu Dhabi.
“I imply, for positive, after Singapore, it felt nice to be on the rostrum once more. It felt unsecure understanding the longer term about Toyota, however on the opposite facet, I used to be speaking to Renault and I used to be fairly assured they have been going to signal me up for 2010.”
Come Abu Dhabi, Glock had a contract on the desk with Renault which he was going to signal there after which, that was till McLaren entered the chat, asking that he delayed that to permit for them to carry talks with him.
Glock was capable of put the Renault signature on maintain, throughout which era they introduced plans to give up F1 earlier than Genni Capital got here in to avoid wasting the day, whereas McLaren then went radio silent on this assembly they wished with Glock, which means he was left with nothing.
The German racer later signed with Virgin for 2010, one in all three new entrants that season.
“We had a gathering in Japan the place every thing was just about accomplished,” mentioned Glock of his potential Renault deal. “And you realize, then it’s about attorneys and you’ll want to do the nice tuning about contracts and stuff like this.
“However really, I had a name in Abu Dhabi the place I turned up once more, watching the race, and really signing the take care of Renault was the plan, however then I had this telephone name from McLaren. They have been interested by speaking to me.
“After which I needed to discuss to McLaren with you realize, German producer behind with Mercedes, German driver that might be actually fascinating. And really shut with Renault, we must always signal the deal very quickly.
“After which yeah, that was like kind of this delay, the place they are saying ‘are you able to delay it? Perhaps one or two days and let’s have a correct chat about it’. So I had a chat with them, managed in some way to postpone the signing with Renault.
“It was really that the plan was that I fly out to England and have a gathering in England with McLaren. For some cause on Tuesday, I by no means heard about it once more about McLaren.
“Toyota pulling the plug, after which all of the sudden Renault determined to step out of the Formulation 1 World Championship, so I used to be standing there with nothing in my palms anymore. So ought to I’ve signed…I imply, I might have signed on Sunday in Abu Dhabi with Renault.
“After all, they pulled the plug, the query is, if I’d have nonetheless been within the workforce with Genii Capital, they took over in 2010, I believe I’d have nonetheless had the contract, a legitimate one, however you by no means know.
“However this was a really troublesome scenario for me, having an excellent contract in your hand, then having a telephone name, you postponed it for 2 days, after which all of the sudden, you’re there and having nothing.
“As a result of on the time, McLaren signed up with Vodafone as a workforce sponsor, and so they need to have two British drivers, which was Lewis [Hamilton] and Jenson Button, and I used to be out of the deal. Out of two offers.”
Requested if McLaren weren’t even interested by bringing him in as a 3rd driver, Glock replied: “There have been all of the sudden no talks anymore, there was all of the sudden nobody answering the telephone anymore.”
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