Motor racing: Money talks as Germany's Glock leaves Marussia
LONDON (REUTERS) - Germany's Timo Glock has left Marussia with immediate effect in a decision driven by financial reasons and the Formula One team's need for money in a tough economic climate.
The Russian-licensed team said on Monday that the 30-year-old, who was a rarity among the tail-end teams in being paid to drive rather than securing his seat with sponsorship, had departed by mutual consent.
They added in a statement that a replacement would be announced in due course. The team's other confirmed driver is British newcomer Max Chilton, who brings substantial backing with him.
Marussia, formerly Virgin Racing, start their fourth season in Australia on March 17 still searching for their first point and ranked 11th of the 12 teams in 2012.