Allan McNish Q&A

After such a difficult season with Toyota, Allan McNish was not able to start the team's home race at Suzuka as a result of his huge qualifying shunt. He was able to take part in the warm-up - therefore at least fulfilling the old 'get back on the horse' philosophy - but the doctors decreed that his injured knee might take too much of a battering come the race. Adam Cooper spoke to the frustrated Scot

Allan McNish Q&A



"We did the warm-up this morning, and it felt pretty good. Then we had to revisit the medical stewards, and they felt it wasn't appropriate that I should race. It was purely the knee area. Basically it was a bit inflamed and they weren't willing to take the risk of any extra damage to it."



"Not really. Certainly from a walking around point of view it's fine. It's just a case of the trauma that a couple of hours of driving would create, as I understood it. That's what they were talking about."



"As a driver I think if your leg was hanging off, you'd still want to drive, there's just no question, especially here in this particular race with Toyota etc. But at the end of the day, that's why we have medical stewards. They are there for a reason, and you have to abide by their decisions, whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter what the injury is, you just want to be out there - that's what's in our hearts."



"It's hugely frustrating. When you're mentally able to get on and do the job, and you feel physically that you want to do it, to not be able to is a disappointing situation. It's one of those things that probably in two or three days' time you can come to terms with."



"There's absolutely no question of that. I personally only saw it this morning when I switched on the TV. Unfortunately I lived it, and that was enough! I didn't really need to see it in TV slow-mo replays again. But it was a big accident, and the car stood up pretty well, and I was pretty lucky."



"I still think it was a very positive year. We achieved a heck of a lot, more so than maybe it seems on the face of it. I'm pleased and proud of my performance. As a team I think we've developed a lot, and I obviously didn't want to go out at the last race as we did today, but that's one of these things that happen in racing."



"I don't know. In two or three weeks we might have a bit more of an idea."



"There's also other good racing opportunities in different areas, as well."



"There are quite a few different options in a few areas, and one of them has got to click or fall into place one way or the other before everything else happens."

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