Crashes for Alguersuari, Glock and Kovalainen halt Japan qualifying (Video)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber crashed at Degner in FP3, and seems to have started a trend
Mark Webber crashed at Degner in FP3, and seems to have started a trend

Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was red-flagged three times for three different accidents.

Jaime Alguersuari put his Toro Rosso in the barriers at Degner eight minutes into Q2. Then, four minutes after the session had resumed, Timo Glock crashed his Toyota at the final turn.

In Q3 it was Heikki Kovalainen’s turn to hit the wall, spinning off at Degner.

Glock’s accident was the most worrying. The marshals covered the scene with a sheet as he was taken away on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs-up as he was carried away from his car. Early reports from the track suggest he suffered a leg wound described as an ‘abrasion’.

It’s not yet clear if he will be able to race tomorrow. However as he started the qualifying session no-one will be allowed to take his place. Kamui Kobayashi piloted Glock’s car during practice yesterday.

Alguersuari, meanwhile, was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

All three drivers had never competed at the circuit in F1 before, and like their rivals missed much precious practice time yesterday due to heavy rainfall.

It’s also noticeable that Gliock and Kovalainen are thought likely to lose their seats in 2010, putting them under greater pressure to perform.

Sebastien Buemi, meanwhile, managed to crash twice without bringing out the red flags on either occasion.

Video of Timo Glock’s crash in Q1

Video of Heikki Kovalainen’s crash in Q2

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