Mar.23 (GMM) Timo Glock has revealed he is happy to know F1 spectators still rate his talents.
2012 is the 30-year-old's third consecutive season with backmarkers Marussia (formerly Virgin), after an impressive earlier career at Toyota.
But a recent online poll in Germany showed that a majority of his countrymen think he would be a worthy successor at Mercedes for Michael Schumacher, should the seven time world champion return to retirement.
"It's very positive that the fans who follow the races on TV are still able to say 'Glock could still do it if he had a fast car," he is quoted by Auto Bild.
But for now, he will have to wait even for an improved car, with the first real fruits of Marussia's tie-up with McLaren not expected until the European race season.
"Our current car was still built just with CFD," Glock told Auto Motor und Sport. "The first concept of the car was already done when we went for the first time into the McLaren wind tunnel."