Timo Glock on 2023 cars: So far nothing has really knocked my socks off

Michelle Foster
Aston Martin AMR23 side shot.

Side-angle view of the Aston Martin AMR23.

Timo Glock isn’t overly in awe of what he’s seen so far with regards to the 2023 Formula 1 cars, the former driver saying “nothing has knocked my socks off”.

Nine of the 10 teams have now launched their 2023 season, most opting for livery launches with a few renderings of the car as they’ve wanted to keep their cards close to their chests.

However, all the cars have already been out on track as the teams have conducted 100km shakedowns before heading to Bahrain for next week’s pre-season test.

Even Alpine, who have not yet launched their season, have already put the car on the track as they joined Williams at the Silverstone circuit earlier this week.

Pundits and fans alike have noted that this year’s cars are largely an evolution of last year’s, which was to be expected given the continuity with the regulations.

There are, however, one or two teams who have made bigger changes than most of which Aston Martin is one of those, showing off what they call a “bold and aggressive” AMR23.

That, along with the Alfa Romeo, is the only car that’s caught Glock’s attention.

“So far nothing has really knocked my socks off,” he told Sky Deutschland.

“The Alfa Romeo has become a very nice car and it is the first car with one or the other noticeable update.

“Also with the Aston Martin, you’ve seen parts where the car looks very different from the previous model.

“We still have to wait a bit and can’t wait to see what Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll will be able to do in the car in the end.”

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Last season Max Verstappen raced to the World title, the Red Bull driver claiming 15 of the season’s 22 race wins.

He easily saw off Charles Leclerc’s early-season challenge while Mercedes with their porpoising W13 were never in the mix.

This year Glock hopes it will be a three-team fight for the race wins and the Drivers’ title.

“I hope that this season will be more exciting,” he said. “It started very well last year with a strong fight between Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez.

“It’s been over the course of the year then drifted apart a bit. Ultimately, Max Verstappen was clearly superior.

“But I believe and hope that we will see an exciting fight again this year. Mercedes will also come closer again. We can look forward to an exciting season.”

The Formula 1 cars will be on the track next week in Bahrain, pre-season testing beginning on the 23rd and running for three days.

The season begins a week later with the Bahrain Grand Prix.