'Glock leaves Marussia ahead of new season'
20 January 2013 – Timo Glock has allegedly terminated his contract with the Marussia F1 Team. The German, who is said to be leaving in search of a 'new challenge', was preparing to embark upon a fourth term with the Banbury-based squad this year.
Glock joined Marussia ahead of its maiden Formula 1 campaign in 2010, but has failed to finish higher than 11th, with the team unable to break into the midfield battle. According to Germany's Sport Bild, the two parties have now amicably parted ways.
"I have experienced three great years with the Marussia F1 Team and we part as friends," Glock is quoted as saying by the publication in a report on its website. "I want to give myself new challenges and continue my journey in motorsport."
Glock signed a three-year contract extension with Marussia back in 2011 and has driven alongside a new team-mate every season since moving from Japanese car giant Toyota at the end of 2009, the team with whom he recorded his most recent top ten result. From a total of 91 race starts, the former GP2 Champion has picked up three podium finishes and 51 points.
British driver Max Chilton has already secured the second Marussia seat for 2013.