Glock targeting new teams

Timo Glock, who was Jordan's third driver this year and competed in four grands prix for the team, is looking at joining one of Formula 1's new outfits for testing next year - despite strong speculation claiming he is very close to staying put for 2005

Glock targeting new teams

The German impressed with several strong showings, boosting his reputation with a seventh place finish on his debut in Canada, and his backing from German sponsors was viewed as key to helping him grab a full-time race drive next year.

But with Jordan's future not yet fully secured, and the team struggling to match the pace of the big-money manufacturers, Glock is now considering a full year out of racing before trying to get back on the grid for 2006.

Two new teams have already come forward to declare their intentions to enter F1 in 2006 - the Russian-backed Midland F1 and a team from Dubai. Both outfits are likely to start testing at some point next year.

Glock's manager, Hans-Bernd Kamps, said: "The new F1 teams of Midland and Dubai are very tempting. If Timo sticks around at Jordan he will only learn better to drive a nervous car. What is luring however is the fact that there are no test restrictions for new F1 teams.

"So Timo could test day and night, he could understand better how a grand prix car operates. I am sure that would serve him better. Also from the commercial point of view, new teams would offer more opportunities."

Jordan is understood to be close to securing a supply of Toyota engines for next season and the team should be further boosted by the imminent arrival of new technical director Mark Smith - who has helped design recent race-winning cars for Renault.

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