Kobayashi to race for Toyota in Abu Dhabi 27 Oct 2009
Toyota have confirmed on Tuesday that their third driver Kamui Kobayashi will race again for the team at this weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Kobayashi made his debut in Brazil earlier this month, after being drafted in to replace Timo Glock, who had suffered a cracked vertebra and cut leg in an accident during qualifying for the Japanese race.
Although Toyota had been optimistic that Glock would be well enough to compete at the Yas Marina season finale, they have decided not to risk an early return to racing for the German and have instead opted to allow Kobayashi to race for a second time.
"We feel genuinely sorry for Timo that his season, which has included two impressive podium finishes, is ending in this way, explained Toyota team president John Howett. Having discussed the medical advice with Timo and his management, the team has decided to take no risk and to put Kamui in the car. Kamui performed well in Brazil in difficult circumstances so we are happy to ask him to once again deputise."
Kobayashi added: "I am really looking forward to my second Grand Prix and I want to make the most of this unexpected chance. I didn't know the track in Brazil and that was a little bit of a disadvantage because almost all the other drivers had some experience of it. But that's not the case in Abu Dhabi; this is a new track for everyone so that should help me.
I am also more familiar with the car now, as well as other procedures during a race weekend like pit stops and the two tyre compounds, so I expect to be more competitive in Abu Dhabi. I am sure the car will be strong and I will do everything I can to try to score my first points in Formula One. Of course it will be extremely difficult because the field is very strong and this is just my second Grand Prix but I will give my all."
The 23 year-old enjoyed a spirited maiden race appearance at Interlagos, qualifying in 11th and finishing in ninth.