Toyota not ruling out Glock for Sunday's race

Toyota hopes Timo Glock will be able to take to the starting grid for the team's home Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday. The German driver, who sat out Friday practice with a high fever, is currently at a local hospital, after a high speed...

Toyota hopes Timo Glock will be able to take to the starting grid for the team's home Grand Prix at Suzuka on Sunday.

The German driver, who sat out Friday practice with a high fever, is currently at a local hospital, after a high speed qualifying crash.

Glock, 27, seemed not to steer properly for the easy-flat right hand sweeper after the Casio Triangle chicane on the run to the pit straight.

He left the road and struck the conveyor-belt protected tyre barriers at high speed, reportedly lightly cutting his left upper leg. Official reports said his condition was otherwise 'good'.

Glock was transferred by stretcher to an ambulance and to the medical centre, and then by helicopter to Yokkaichi hospital.

"He is okay," team president John Howett, who confirmed that the telemetry showed no failure of the TF109 car, told German television Sky. "He has been taken to hospital only for checks.

"He has a small cut to his left leg and a little back pain, but nothing else."

Howett said he hopes Glock is able to race on Sunday.

"We hope so, because we do not want to go to the start of our home race with one car." Glock's teammate Jarno Trulli is on the front row of the grid.

Howett continued: "There will probably be no decision (about Glock) until early tomorrow. He is a fighter, and if he is able to drive, I know he will."

As Toyota nominated Glock as its official driver for the start of the official race meeting on Saturday morning, reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi can no longer be drafted in as a late substitute.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Timo Glock , Kamui Kobayashi