Glock sustains cut leg in high-speed qualifying crash 03 Oct 2009
Toyotas Timo Glock suffered a minor cut to his left leg but escaped significant injury after crashing heavily during Saturdays Q2 qualifying session for this weekends Japanese Grand Prix.
Glock went wide as he exited Suzuka's final corner, ploughing through the gravel trap and burying the car in the tyre wall. With red flags out, medics were quickly in attendance and the German was extricated from the car. As he was stretchered into the waiting ambulance, he was seen waving and giving a thumbs-up to the crowds.
Complaining of back and leg pain, Glock was taken to the Suzuka circuits medical centre, before being helicoptered to the nearby Yokkaichi hospital for further precautionary checks, including a back x-ray. These confirmed no serious problems and Toyota have also said that data from Glock's car showed no sign of a technical problem.
Glock has been suffering from a heavy cold throughout the weekend and Toyota third driver Kamui Kobayashi stood in for him during Friday's sessions. If Glock doesn't race - a decision is expected late Saturday or early Sunday - the team could request special dispensation for Kobayashi to take his place. Normally drivers have to have taken part in at least one Saturday session to be eligible to race.
If Glock - or Kobayashi - does start Sunday's Grand Prix, he is expected to do so from the pit lane in a fresh TF109 chassis.
When Glock crashed the session had only just restarted after an earlier accident for Toro Rossos Jaime Alguersuari at the Degner corner. The Spaniard was unhurt.