Timo Glock insists that he will be racing with the Marussia Virgin team again in 2011. Glock has a contract with the team for next year, but there has been speculation that he would move elsewhere following a difficult first season for Virgin.
The German was not included on the official entry list published by the FIA earlier this week, but he said he is 100 percent certain he will remain with Virgin, now co-owned by Russian sports car maker Marussia. Glock said he is looking forward to 2011, when he expects the team to perform more strongly.
"I'm excited. And, yes, I am definitely driving for Virgin Racing," Glock said on Virgin's website. "There has been a lot of speculation about me wanting to leave the team, but it is not about leaving a team, it is about wanting to do better and keep moving forward.
"It is not just 99.9 percent certain that I will stay, as has been reported – it is 100 percent certain that I am staying! Since the beginning, I have had a long-term contract with the team and I said then that I was doing this to help build a team for the future.
"It would not be possible to do that in one year from nothing. Plus I think with everything we have learned this year we can take a very good step up next season. This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven't seen that with their own eyes, like I have, so it's easy to criticize or be cynical."
Glock supported the team's decision to delay announcing who his teammate will be next year, although he is hoping it will happen this month.
"Well, I am already confirmed so there is nothing new to announce about me. But I understand that the team wants to announce the lineup together when the second seat is confirmed.
"I think it is right to take our time and make sure we have the best combination of youth and experience, plus make sure we have the best information going back into the team at testing and races to ensure we can develop as quickly as we want to and keep moving forward. I don't think we will have to wait too much longer for that news – hopefully before Christmas!"
The German admitted the season had been very difficult and frustrating, but was also very proud of what the team had achieved.
"Extremely challenging and very hard work for the whole team," he added. "2010 was a tough test for us all, but we survived and it was ultimately very rewarding for me.
"There were frustrations along the way and when things don't go well, as a driver who is ambitious, I admit it was sometimes difficult, but I joined Virgin Racing knowing there would be difficult times ahead so it wasn't really a surprise to me. We were building something from zero – no team, no factory, no previous year's car to develop from and no data.
"Everything we have, we have built ourselves in the space of less than a year. We should also remember that we were also taking a pretty revolutionary design approach to the VR-01. If you look at our season from that perspective, we have achieved something pretty incredible."