The German publication Bild has been busy today with two stories that will have some interesting repercussions if they turn out to be true. One is that Timo Glock is leaving Marussia by mutual consent and is looking to start a new career in DTM. This would not be a surprise. Glock has been with the team since the start but the progress has been slow and the team needs money. Glock had a deal to be paid but it is quite possible that a driver with money has turned up who will make it worthwhile for the team to pay off Glock and still have plenty left to put into the kitty in 2013. The big question is who that person might be. There has been some speculation that it could be Vitaly Petrov, the Russian being a sensible choice for the Russian team, particularly given that there is a Russian GP coming up in 2014. A Russian in a Russian team would probably be a big help getting the team sponsors. It could be any number of others if the team has decided to go for a pay-driver. Given that the team’s budget is going to be missing TV money this year, unless the Formula One group has a change of heart, it makes some sense to find a second pay-driver to race alongside new boy Max Chilton. It would not make much sense for this to be another new boy. Glock was quoted in Bild saying that he is leaving the team on good terms and speculates that he might join the BMW DTM team.
The second suggestion is that Williams F1 shareholder Toto Wolff is going to leave his Executive Director role at Williams to take over Norbert Haug’s job at Mercedes. This makes some sense but is not going to be easy to achieve because Wolff has around 19 percent of the shares in Williams, unless of course he was representing others when he bought into the team, which is possible. Wolff is well-connected at Mercedes and is a shareholder in HWA GmbH, the company that prepares the Mercedes DTM cars. Wolff’s MarchSixteen Finance owns 12 percent of HWA, but he brought others into the company, notably Nasser Bin Khaled al Thani Holding from Qatar. There is the suggestion that he may also buy a share in the team. The Mercedes team announced recently that it had acquired the shareholding that had belonged to Abu Dhabi investment group Aabar and so might be open to selling the shares again if the money was right.
It will be interesting to see how these stories develop in the next few days.