Injured Glock to miss Brazilian Grand Prix 12 Oct 2009
Toyota have announced that driver Timo Glock will not participate in this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix due to injuries he suffered during qualifying at the Japanese race earlier this month. Third driver Kamui Kobayashi will fill in for Glock at the Interlagos event.
Glock was initially diagnosed with only a minor cut to his leg following his accident in Suzuka, but subsequent medical checks in Germany have revealed a cracked vertebra. Doctors have therefore ruled him out of competing in Brazil.
Toyota team president John Howett said: "Obviously everyone in the team is very disappointed and feels for Timo; we wish him a very speedy recovery. Based on the initial diagnosis, we fully expected Timo to return in Brazil but unfortunately a different injury has been revealed which prevents that.
He will remain in Germany to recover and we hope he can recuperate in time for Abu Dhabi, although at this stage the situation is not clear."
Kobayashi is the reigning GP2 Asia champion and recently completed his second GP2 Series campaign. He has been Toyota's third driver since the beginning of 2008. The 23 year-old replaced Glock at Suzuka when a heavy cold prevented the German from running in Friday practice.
Kamui was the natural choice to step in and he proved in Suzuka that he is capable of holding his own, said Howett. It is a difficult task for him but he knows the team will give him its complete support and we know he is motivated to make the most of this unexpected opportunity."
Kobayashi added: "This is an incredible opportunity for me to make my Grand Prix debut but of course it is a pity for Timo as I know how much he was looking forward to getting back to racing. Fortunately for me I had some time in the car on Friday in Suzuka and, even though that was in the wet, it will be very helpful for me this weekend.
"I have never driven at Interlagos before but I know the layout from computer games and television so I don't think it will take too long to learn. It's going to be a tough weekend but I feel ready for the challenge and I know the team is supporting me 100 percent. A few days ago I wasn't even expecting to be racing this weekend so it's impossible to set any targets. I just want to do myself proud and complete the race without any problems; anything after that is a bonus."
A decision on whether Glock will be able to participate in Novembers season finale in Abu Dhabi will be made by Toyota in due course.