Toyota’s test driver and ‘man Friday’ Kamui Kobayashi has been put on standby to possibly race in Sunday’s Japanese grand prix.
Timo Glock suffered from a heavy cold and sat out Friday practice with a high fever, allowing Kobayashi to make his Grand Prix weekend debut. On Saturday, Glock was back in place of the Japanese driver, but was airlifted to a local hospital after cutting his leg and injuring his back in a high-speed qualifying crash.
Team president John Howett said that he hopes Glock can drive on Sunday.
According to the rules, a substitute driver can only be appointed prior to Saturday morning practice. But it is believed that Howett will be making a case of ‘force majeure’ to the stewards of the meeting.