Kamui Kobayashi to substitute for injured Timo Glock at Toyota in Brazil

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi will race for Toyota at Interlagos
Kamui Kobayashi will race for Toyota at Interlagos

Kamui Kobayashi will make his F1 debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos next week for Toyota.

The Japanese driver will substitute for Timo Glock who was injured during qualifying at Suzuka one week ago.

Glock has discovered his injuries were more serious than first thought. In addition to his badly cut leg the team now say he also has a cracked vertebrae.

Glock’s participation in the last race of the season at Abu Dhabi is also in doubt.

Kobayashi stood in for Glock in both Friday practice sessions at Suzuka as Glock was ill. He is the reigning GP2 Asia champion and finished 16th in this year’s GP2 championship for DAMS.

Press release

Panasonic Toyota Racing regrets to announce that Timo Glock will not participate in the Brazilian Grand Prix due to injuries he suffered in qualifying at Suzuka.

Timo was initially diagnosed with only a minor cut to his leg following his accident in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, but subsequent medical checks in Germany have revealed a cracked vertebra. Doctors have therefore ruled him out of this weekend’s race.

As announced earlier today at the Motor Sports Japan festival, third driver Kamui Kobayashi will replace Timo at Interlagos. Kamui took part in Friday practice at Suzuka while Timo recovered from illness and acquitted himself well despite difficult conditions.

President John Howett said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

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

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