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Mon, 26 October, 2009Toyota to decide on Glock fitness on Tuesday

  • Timo Glock (DEU) Toyota. 2009 Italian Grand Prix, Rd 13, Race day. Monza, Italy. Sunday 13 September 2009. © Toyota.
  • Timo Glock (DEU) Toyota. 2009 Japanese Grand Prix, Rd 15, Race day. Suzuka, Japan. Sunday 4 October 2009. © Toyota.
  • Timo Glock (DEU) Toyota TF109. 2009 Japanese Grand Prix, Rd 15, Qualifying day. Suzuka, Japan. Saturday 3 October 2009. © Toyota.

Toyota will decide tomorrow whether or not Timo Glock will be fit enough to race at this weekend's inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after missing the recent Brazilian Grand Prix thanks to a back injury. Glock crashed heavily during qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix on 3 October, and was expected to be out of action for the season-ending race in the UAE, but Toyota remains hopeful that he has recovered sufficiently.

The German was replaced by Kamui Kobayashi in Brazil, and following a comendable performance, is expected to be returned to the cockpit should Glock be unable to race. The Japanese driver is also reportedly in the running for a race seat at the team for 2010, while Timo Glock has been linked with a move away from the Japanese manufacturer, possibly to Renault.

Along with his injured back, Glock also suffered a deep 5cm cut on his left leg in the qualifying crash, when he careered into a tyre barrier after running off-track at the final corner at Suzuka. Following initial medical exams, doctors predicted a four-week recovery period, making a comeback at this weekend's race a possibility.

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