Glock rejects McLaren rumour as engineer quits
10 July, 2009
Timo Glock has revealed he is disappointed by the departure of his Toyota race engineer Francesco Nenci. The German driver is working with a new engineer beginning at the Nurburgring, Juan Pablo Ramirez, who joins from the Cologne based team’s testing unit.
“He made a very good impression on me during the winter, but tests are not race weekends,” Glock told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. I was very content with the cooperation with my engineer,” he added.
It is believed Nenci departed after disagreements with Toyota’s technical management. “He understood me completely,” the disappointed Glock explained. “When I told him something about the car, he knew immediately what I wanted.”
Red Bull, meanwhile, confirmed that Geoff Willis has departed the Milton Keynes based team because his role as technical director became redundant.
Glock also rejected a rumour in the paddock that he is a contender for Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren seat in 2010. Finn Kovalainen revealed at the circuit that McLaren, whose engine partner Mercedes is openly keen to see a German at the wheel of its works car, has an option on his services for next year that runs out at the end of July.
“I’m happy here and I’ve got a contract for 2010 so it’s nothing, just a rumour I guess,” 27-year-old Glock, who drives for Toyota, said. Another big rumour at the Nurburgring is that Toyota may be within a week of announcing its decision to withdraw from formula one.