mario wrote:It doesn't look all that promising - we heard Glock making some pretty damning comments over the radio last year (even if he did sign a contract extension to 2014), coupled to something of a slump in form when compared to D'Ambrosio, and this row with Pic is unlikely to help things either. Add to that the frustration Glock must feel given that the team is no closer to the front than in its first year (in terms of relative pace), plus the fact that the team is still going through major changes in management for little benefit, and I can see why relations between Glock and the team are a little troubled, such that I wouldn't be surprised if either Glock or Marussia terminate that deal before it is up.
Glock must be ruing the day that he walked away from negotiations with Renault in 2010 - whilst, to be fair to him, the concerns at the time over the long term stability of that team was scaring quite a few people away, he must be wondering what might have happened if he had wound up there instead.
I can't really see where Glock could go if he left Marussia, can you?
At this rate, I would not be entirely surprised if Glock ended up leaving F1 altogether - with Marussia being so far off the pace, it means that he has been unable to capture the attention of other team leaders in the same way that, for example, Kovalainen has (his efforts in getting into Q2 and occasionally beating the established teams has done a lot to restore his reputation after his time at McLaren).
Whereas in 2010 he was being mentioned as a potential candidate for several teams (Renault, McLaren, Sauber etc.), nobody else seems interested in him now that Perez, Grosjean and, to a lesser extent, Di Resta, are taking all the headlines. With 82 races under his belt, he is something of a veteran - not to mention having made it onto the podium a few times with Toyota - yet nobody in a major team seems interested in him because most of their attention is focussed on the midfield pack (whereas Glock doesn't really have anybody that he can prove himself against given that the team is in something of a no mans land).
Experience is useful to a certain extent with a small team - it helped Rubens stay within the sport for a little while - but at the same time, the potential benefits in terms of lap time that an experienced driver could yield are likely to be outweighed by the benefits that would come from spending an additional $10 million a year on aero development, for example. If divisions between Glock and Marussia deepen, he could be shuffled out of his seat by a pay driver and see himself out of the sport altogether given that few seats would be available elsewhere - both Heidfeld and Rubens found that experience couldn't compete with sponsorship.