Glock eyes Hungary podium repeat

Timo Glock is hoping this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix can kick start his season back into life, exactly as it did a year ago.

Approaching the race in Budapest at the start of last August, the 27-year-old had failed to score in nine of the first 10 grands prix.

But Glock secured the first podium of his career at the Hungaroring with second place behind race winner Heikki Kovalainen, sparking an end-of-season flourish.

This year, after collecting points in the first four races, notably third in the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix, the Toyota driver has scored just one point in his last five drives.

What Glock would give now for a repeat performance of last season's run to second place, and another strong end to the year.

"Obviously Hungary is a special race in my career after the podium there last season," said Glock.

"It was a really special moment for me to be on the podium in Formula One for the first time, and it was great to be fighting right at the front.

"Everything came together and it worked out perfectly. It was the race immediately after my accident at Hockenheim, so maybe it surprised some people to see me being so competitive.

"But the truth was that Hockenheim was a turning point because we got the car really working well for me.

"After that, the fantastic result in Budapest was the start of a great run in the second half of the season.

"It was the first of several strong points finishes for me and I hope another competitive weekend there can get the ball rolling again this year."

With Toyota due to introduce a further package of upgrades for the weekend, Glock is confident of ending his miserable recent run.

"We have made a big improvement on slower corners in the past few races which is quite encouraging going into the Hungarian Grand Prix," added Glock.

"It is usually pretty hot as well, and our car has good cooling efficiency so that should work in our favour.

"So I am reasonably optimistic our car will go well, but we'll have to wait and see."