Injured Glock out of Japanese GP
|By Simon Strang
||Sunday, October 4th 2009, 01:10 GMT
Timo Glock will not race in the Japanese Grand Prix, the Toyota team confirmed on Sunday morning, following the German's heavy qualifying accident yesterday.
Glock was airlifted to hospital after he sustained a 5cm cut on his lower left leg and reported back pain when he crashed into the outside barrier running wide on the exit of the chicane.
Though X-Rays revealed no serious injuries, the team said in statement that it had decided to rest Glock to ensure he is fully fit for the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks time.
The team confirmed that it had applied for permission for reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi to race, after the Japanese rookie had stood in for Glock during Friday practice when the German had a cold. But Toyota's application was rejected by race stewards due to a regulation which states that a driver must participate in at least one practice session on the second day of the event.
"Together with my physio I tried everything to be fit for the Japanese Grand Prix but in the end it is not possible for me to race," said Glock. "It is a pity to miss Toyota's home race and I'm annoyed that this happened.
"I want to say thanks to my car crew because they worked all night to fix the damage and get it ready for the race. They did a great job but unfortunately I can't race, however I am sure I will be back in Brazil."