I snubbed big boys to be lord of Manor, says Glock

GERMAN racer Timo Glock insists he turned down bigger teams before signing up to spearhead Manor GP&rsquo;s debut season in Formula One.<br /><br />The 27-year-old, left without a drive when Toyota announced its withdrawal from the sport, has agreed a two-year deal with the option of a third season.<br /><br />And Glock says Manor, who could be renamed Virgin F1 if a rumoured sponsorship with Richard Branson&rsquo;s mega-brand materialises, were far from his only suitors.<br /><br />Mercedes GP, formerly Brawn, and Renault were linked with Glock, but the former GP2 champion said the overall package was what lured him to the newcomers.<br /><br />&ldquo;I had several options for 2010, some of them with more established teams,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Every driver has the same overall objective &ndash; to win the world championship one day &ndash; but the way I want to succeed is to be part of the process of building a team and to play a key role in developing the car. This is why the opportunity with Manor is so exciting for me.&rdquo;<br /><br />Glock, who finished 10th in last season&rsquo;s drivers&rsquo; championship, is expected to be partnered by Brazilian former Renault and Honda test driver Lucas di Grassi.<br /><br />He added: &ldquo;What I liked most is that this a real racing team run by true racers. The team may be small and new but it has big ambitions.&rdquo;