Glock to miss Brazilian Grand Prix 

Medical checks revealed cracked vertebra

Written by David on October 11th, 2009 at 10:56 amLast Update: October 11th, 2009 at 11:00 am

Timo GlockThe Toyota F1 team announced that Timo Glock will miss next week’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos due to injuries he suffered after his accident during Suzuka’s qualifying.

The German was initially diagnosed with only a minor cut to his leg following the accident, but subsequent medical checks in Germany have revealed a cracked vertebra. Doctors have therefore ruled him out of next weekend’s race.

Reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi will replace Glock at Interlagos. Kobayashi took part in Friday practice at Suzuka while Glock recovered from illness and acquitted himself well despite difficult conditions.

“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,” said John Howett.

“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,” he continued.

“Kamui was the natural choice to step in and he proved in Suzuka that he is capable of holding his own. 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,” he added.

A decision on Glock’s participation in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be made in due course.

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