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Silverstone damage to blame for Glock's accident in Germany 28 Jul 2008

Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 20 July 2008 Timo Glock (GER) Toyota. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, 24 July 2008.

Toyota have revealed that Timo Glock’s high-speed accident at the German Grand Prix was caused by a part that had been damaged at the preceding British race. Glock crashed heavily on Lap 36 of the Hockenheim event after his TF108 suffered an apparent right-rear suspension failure.

Initially the team blamed a rear toelink (trackrod) as the cause of the accident but, after a thorough technical investigation, it has been established that the damage was sustained at Silverstone two weeks earlier.

“During that race Timo suffered several incidents,” said the team explained in a statement from the team. “As is normal practice, some parts from the British Grand Prix were carried over to Hockenheim, including most of the rear right suspension.

“Although the parts were subjected to the normal test and screening process following the Silverstone race and passed fit for use at Hockenheim, it has become apparent that it did not identify an issue which subsequently led to the incident at Hockenheim.”

As a result of the investigation, Toyota have revised their inspection processes to prevent any reoccurrence.