“It’s very exciting for me to come back and drive for BMW once more after all these years – and in such a top class racing series as the DTM to boot,” said Timo. “I had a wonderful time in Formula 1, but am looking forward to fighting for a new title with my old companions from BMW Motorsport once again.” In his debut season, he will sit behind the wheel of a BMW M3 DTM for the newly-formed BMW Team MTEK.
“I’ve naturally kept on following what BMW has been doing in Motorsport. This is primarily because I’ve been coming into regular contact with BMW ever since I was young. My father has always driven BMWs, and I always had my fingers crossed for Steve Soper, Johnny Cecotto and co. in the DTM during the 1980s and 1990s when I was a kid.”
Timo, who lives in the Swiss canton of Thurgau, started his driving career as part of Formula BMW’s promotion of young talent. He won the BMW ADAC Formula Junior Cup in 2000, and went on to win the Formula BMW ADAC Championship a year later. In 2004, at the age of 22, he made his Formula 1 debut in the Canadian Grand Prix. In 2005, Timo switched over to the North American ChampCar World Series. While there, he took eighth place in the overall rankings and was honoured as the best newcomer of the season. After his return to Europe, he began to race in the GP2 Series, winning the Championship title in 2007 on his second attempt.
In the same year, Timo celebrated his comeback for BMW for the first time after his formative years in Formula BMW. Glock took to the track as a test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 team next to three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. He used this as a launch pad to secure himself a permanent place in the Toyota F1 Team in 2008. He stood on the podium three times for the Japanese team before he switched to Virgin Racing – now the Marussia F1 team – in 2010. In total, Timo completed 91 Formula 1 races.