Glock still hasn’t recovered from his cold
Timo Glock still is suffering from a protracted cold. The BMW driver already was hampered by a stuffy nose and a sore throat on the Nürburgring weekend that took a frustrating course for him. On lap two of the Sunday race Glock collided with Lucas Auer’s AMG – and the race was virtually over for both drivers. Glock received a drive-thru penalty and said ruefully: “I apparently was somewhat overoptimistic when starting this manoeuvre. It was a misjudgement. My apologies to Lucas.”
On the previous day, the 36-year old secured his best result for quite a while by finishing fourth. Rather frustrating as he virtually rocketed into the season. After four of the first six race days Glock held the lead in the DTM Driver’s Championship. Pole position and the race win in the season kick-off at Hockenheim, two second places and one third. Afterwards, however, good results became rare.
Prior to the Spielberg meeting Glock still doesn’t feel “one hundred percent fit.” Therefore, he also forewent his side job as F1 expert during the Singapore GP. “I still have got a few days. My paranasal sinuses still are absolutely clogged. This cold is really tenacious but I should be fit in time for Spielberg. I don’t think that my involvement is at risk.” Currently, Glock holds sixth position in the championship with 119 points on his tally. In the last 10 races, however, he scored just 29 points.
“Delivering on a consistent level throughout the season is difficult in DTM,” Glock admits. “My start into the season was really good and we actually didn’t move away from this basis. In the Saturday race at Zandvoort we still were competitive but afterwards, our luck was more or less over. In the second half of the season several things didn’t run well. At the same time, Audi made a big step forward and closed the gap. In this situation you mustn’t make any mistakes.” In 2016, the BMW driver won at Spielberg. Should he succeed in repeating this success he arguably will be on the way back up.