Toyota drivers lose qualifying positions

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start the Australian Grand prix from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying.

The rear wings of their TF109s were found to be in contravention of the rules limiting how much they may flex.

Glock and Trulli originally qualified sixth and eighth respectively. But they will start the race 19th and 20th. Toyota are not appealing the decision. A statement published by the team said:

Toyota Motorsport has been informed that the rear wing of the TF109 has been found to demonstrate “extreme flexibility” by the Australian Grand Prix stewards.

The design has passed our own internal test procedures which are designed to reproduce twice the proscribed official load tests. In light of this decision it is clear we must review these procedures to ensure there is no repeat of this situation and we will also review our production processes to ensure there is no variation between parts.

We naturally accept and respect the decision of the race stewards.

We intend to modify the components overnight and we are confident these modifications will not result in any performance drop.

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