Glock aiming to be back for Jerez test
|By Simon Strang||Monday, July 21st 2008, 09:13 GMT|
Timo Glock is aiming to be fit in time to test at Jerez later this week, despite being hospitalised following his crash on lap 36 of the German Grand Prix.
The 26-year-old German was kept in hospital overnight for observation, after a right-rear suspension collapse caused his Toyota to make heavy contact with the pit wall while he was running seventh at Hockenheim.
But although the German was shaken and bruised in the crash, Toyota general manager (chassis) Pascal Vasselon said that Glock was already looking ahead to Tuesday's test in Spain.
"He is fine and we have already talked to him on the phone," Vasselon told autosport.com. "It may not be possible, but he is already thinking that he wants to drive in the test at Jerez. So he is fine."
Toyota are still unsure what caused the suspension to fail because the car was so badly damaged in the accident, and Vasselon added that it would be Monday at the earliest before they would be able to pinpoint a reason.
"When the crash happened he was off-track, so at the moment we are trying to analyse what has happened," said Vasselon. "The car went rearwards into the barrier so the car is totally crashed. We are having to look at the data prior to the incident to try to see what kind of loads it was under.
"Honestly we cannot tell anything at the moment because we just cannot analyse anything on the car. So we have to go into the data of the laps before the incident happened, we have to look at some video evidence, and then we will start to know a little bit more what has happened."
The Toyota team's senior management also expressed its concern at the way Glock was tended to in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
And while Vasselon refused to comment other than to say he was 'surprised', Toyota team president John Howett said he was considering raising the issue with the FIA.
"I think we just want to talk to them about the way the driver was taken out of the car, but I don't think we want to complain," he told autosport.com
"Normally, they lift him out in the seat," Howett added, "but this time they didn't extract him in the seat, as far as we could see. But you know, everybody gets excited in the heat of the moment.
"Tomorrow we'll have a look at the video, and then we can understand exactly the entire scenario. The primary priority is that he's okay. They've done some x-rays and as far as they can see there is absolutely nothing at all.
"They're going to keep him overnight, as they do after a fairly big impact, and I guess tomorrow morning he will be released and be back home."