Glock poised to replace Pantano

Jordan third driver Timo Glock is poised to finish the season racing for the team with regular Giorgio Pantano almost certainly having competed in his last grand prix for the Silverstone-based outfit

Glock poised to replace Pantano

Glock has impressed for Jordan in his Friday outings this year and boosted his credentials when he took a fortunate seventh place on his debut in the Canadian Grand Prix following the disqualification of the Williams and Toyota cars for brake duct infringements.

Although the team has refused to comment on the speculation that Glock will race from this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, it is understood that an announcement about Jordan's driver line-up will be made on Wednesday.

A team spokeswoman told autosport.com: "Tomorrow we will be in a position to confirm the situation with regards to drivers at this grand prix."

It is not clear why Pantano may not complete the season with Jordan but he did miss the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this season following a management dispute that resulted in his sponsorship money being withheld from the team.

Pantano has failed to score a point this year, but has been close to the pace of highly-rated team-mate Nick Heidfeld. His best finishes have been 13th in the Malaysian and European Grands Prix.

The imminent switch of drivers at Jordan has come after a raft of changes elsewhere on the grid following the Italian Grand Prix. Jarno Trulli parted with Renault and signed for Toyota, although he will not take part in Shanghai, while Jacques Villeneuve agreed to finish the campaign for Renault while also signing a 2005 deal with Sauber.

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