Toyota driver Timo Glock, who celebrated his birthday at Sepang this week, insists he will race in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix despite sustaining an injured hand after a big off in the race in Melbourne. Timo Glock, Toyota F1 ...
Toyota driver Timo Glock, who celebrated his birthday at Sepang this week, insists he will race in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix despite sustaining an injured hand after a big off in the race in Melbourne.
Glock slid off the track in the last weekend's Melbourne Grand Prix on the Albert Park circuit on the 44th lap. He went wide at turn 12 and his Toyota TF108 was launched into the air after hitting a grass bank on a service road. The German driver climbed out and walked away from the incident however he was in the car for some time before exiting, suggesting he was winded by the crash.
The German driver speaking at Toyota's Australian Grand Prix Q+A session described the events:
"I had massive understeer and the car just drifted wide.
"I had been on the grass earlier in the weekend and there was no problem but on that occasion the car just hit the bump and really took off. It was disappointing because there were not many finishers and I was in a position to score points on my Toyota debut."
He later left the circuit with a bandage on his wrist and there are suggestions that he may still be experiencing pain when he moves his hand. Glock himself is confident he will be fit to race next weekend:
"I am fine. My hand was a bit sore after the accident because I got a big hit from the steering wheel when I landed but there's no serious damage and I'm sure it won't be a problem," he insisted.
The weekend wasn't a complete loss and the team showed some early promise, Glock comments:
"We qualified both cars in the top 10, which was important, but we'd had a problem with my car in Saturday free practice and we needed to change the gearbox.
"With the new rules that meant a five place grid penalty and then I got another penalty so I was down in 19th. I didn't agree with that decision." He adds.
"We planned our race strategy around my starting position and so starting with a heavy fuel load it was always going to be difficult in the early stages and then I had contact with two cars at turn one, which didn't help. But after that I drove a consistent race and things were looking quite good for points."
Glock commenting on the Melbourne weekend added:
"It was interesting to experience how it all works again because it was different when I raced in 2004.
"I was close to Jarno in Q2 but at the beginning it was quite difficult and we didn't manage to get the tyres working perfectly and I lost quite a bit of time in the first sector compared to him. Overall it was a good start, all the mechanics were quite happy and that was good for me as well."
After a very disappointing opening round where the team failed to score any points they are now looking forward to the next round in Sepang this weekend.
The team is now focused on what will be the 10th Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, the event which saw them score their first podium. That honour was taken by Jarno Trulli who finished second in 2005.