Glock to sign Toyota contract after Brazil

Thu, 11 October 2007, 11:44

Timo Glock will shortly sign a contract to become Jarno Trulli’s Toyota teammate for 2008, according to reports.

The newly crowned GP2 champion has been holding off from penning a new deal to stay as BMW-Sauber’s primary test driver while he negotiated with up to three teams for a race seat.

With Toyota’s apparently $150m three-year bid to secure Fernando Alonso now almost certainly failed, the Japanese giant has instead settled on signing the promising 25-year-old German rookie.

The German newspaper Bild claims that Glock will actually put pen to paper on the deal after the Brazilian grand prix next week.

“Right now we are still looking at the driver market situation,” Toyota president John Howett said in China last week.

It is rumoured that Glock’s contract will be worth $2m a year; a massive saving in comparison to the estimated $19m spent annually on Ralf Schumacher since 2005.

Glock made his formula one debut in 2004, replacing Giorgio Pantano at Jordan late in the season.

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