Jordan's third driver Timo Glock has replaced race driver Giorgio Pantano in car No.19 for for the remainder of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Jordan cited "personal circumstances" as the reason for Pantano's absence but expects him to return at...
Jordan's third driver Timo Glock has replaced race driver Giorgio Pantano in car No.19 for for the remainder of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Jordan cited "personal circumstances" as the reason for Pantano's absence but expects him to return at Indianapolis for the US Grand Prix next weekend.
Glock graduated from Deutsche Post's "Speed Academy" driver development programme and previously raced in German and Euro F3. He has been Jordan's official third driver since the beginning of this season. "I'm excited and a bit nervous to be taking part in this Grand Prix," said Glock in a statement from the team.
"It is my first time at this track and I spent most of yesterday learning the circuit. Obviously I was not expecting to race in F1 this soon and the circumstances are not very nice for my team mate Giorgio, but I will give full effort as always and I hope I can do a good job for the team."
Team boss Eddie Jordan commented: "The circumstances of Timo's first race with Jordan are unexpected and he is certainly being thrown in at the deep end. He has been doing a first-class job as our test and official third driver and of course part of that role is to always be prepared, as reserve driver, to replace either race driver if they are unable to take part in an event."
"Timo's first Grand Prix has come rather more quickly than anybody anticipated but I have every confidence that he will give it his all. The Deutsche Post Speed Academy programme is designed to develop and bring on young drivers to prepare them for F1 and it's extraordinary - almost incredible - that two weeks after the initiative was announced in N?rburgring, the first Speed Academy success, Timo Glock, makes his F1 race debut."
Pantano, who missed the Friday practice sessions, is reportedly suffering financial problems. His father, who helped raise Giorgio's sponsorship, and his management are at loggerheads and the dispute is withholding money due to Jordan. The team has declined to let Pantano drive until the problems are sorted out.