CRB to rule on contract conflict for Glock

Fri, 2 November 2007, 01:41

The immediate future of newly crowned GP2 champion Timo Glock’s formula one career is currently in the hands of the sport’s Contract Recognition Board (CRB).

The German newspaper Bild-Zeitung reports that Toyota recently lodged a contract with the board so that Glock, 25, can race alongside Jarno Trulli in 2008.

But the CRB subsequently informed BMW-Sauber of the development, because the Hinwil based team has the first option on Glock for next year to retain him as a test driver.

BMW’s Mario Theissen, who has already confirmed that Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica will stay in the race cockpits next year, has told Glock that he is free to race in 2008, but apparently only after his new team seeks permission to sign a contract with the German rookie.

Bild claims that Glock’s potential Toyota deal is worth more than (US) $7 million — ten times his potential retainer if he stays as a BMW-Sauber tester.

“Timo has a contract,” Theissen clarified to Bild. “We were informed by the CRB that a conflicting contract was filed. We will wait for their decision.”

Glock’s manager, Hans-Bernd Kamps, commented: “In the interests of Timo, we are hoping for a reasonable solution as quickly as possible.”

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