Timo Glock leaves Marussia Formula 1 team

Timo Glock
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Marussia driver Timo Glock leaves the Formula 1 team with immediate effect but admits that he 'didn't expect' to leave.

Marussia driver Timo Glock has left the Formula 1 team after the two parties agreed to go their separate ways ahead of the new season.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Banbury-based team in 2009, has revealed that he 'didn't expect' to move on from Marussia.

"I have had three excellent years with the Marussia F1 team, during which I had the chance to actively participate in building and developing the team in its endeavours to succeed within the Formula 1 world championship," Glock told the team's official website.

"Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career and I hope to comment on that very soon."

Team principal John Booth added: "Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team. Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, Formula 1 teams included.

"We would like to thank Timo for working with us to reach this decision, especially as he had a valid contract and also for the contribution he has made to our team. We wish him all the best for his future and I would like to congratulate the next team acquiring the services of such a competitive, professional and experienced racer."

New Formula 1 driver Max Chilton is currently without a teammate for the forthcoming campaign.

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