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Timo Glock believes he has developed into a better driver since leaving Toyota at the end of 2009 for the newly formed Marussia team as it has given the German ample time to focus on his prime job – driving.
The 30-year-old, who was without a drive after the Japanese manufacturer withdrew from the sport, revealed that learning to deal with work away from the track has been crucial to his progress.
“Definitely I have improved quite a bit. Especially in terms of my experience,” he told F1Pulse.com in an exclusive chat.
“The amount of work you have to do in terms of PR, engineering times and meetings it’s just massive over a weekend. And I found a much better way so that it doesn’t take too much energy off in that period,” he explained.
Now in his third season with Marussia, nee Virgin, results for Glock improved significantly this year particularly after the Singapore Grand Prix last month when the German’s 12th place finish registered the team's best result in Formula 1.
“Singapore was quite a good race where, personally I like the track quite a lot but in 2008 and 2009 even if I finished on the podium in 2009, I just found it difficult to get over all the work you have to do over the weekend,” he pointed out drawing parallels between the two outfits.
Glock reckoned that the amount of PR commitments he was obliged to take part before the races with Toyota, particularly at his home Grand Prix, was becoming too detrimental.
“Once in 2009 at the Nurburgring, on Thursday night I came back to the hotel at 11-11:30pm and I realised I am already completely exhausted before the real weekend or my real job started because on Thursday I had from 9am until 10pm with half an hour break in between,” he recalled.
“That’s why I improved quite a lot and changed a lot in terms of my schedule and everything to get it right; not to get exhausted before I jump in the car,” he added.