When announcing that Sebastien Vettel had won the Autosport Awards Rookie of the Year, presenter Steve Rider couldn't resist a chuckle when noting that Timo Glock had also figured in the voting.
While there was little doubt that the trophy would be heading to Vettel, Rider was a little harsh on the Toro Rosso star's countryman. In his quiet and unobtrusive way, Glock had an excellent first season at Toyota, and crucially he finished the year on a swing of upward momentum that should continue into 2009.
Despite having more than his fair share of bad luck, Glock scored 25 points - only six fewer than veteran teammate Jarno Trulli - and finished tenth in the world championship. His total included a fine second place in Hungary, while strategy gambles paid off in several races and he clawed his way into the points.