Timo Glock has a cracked vertebra

Following his heavy qualifying crash in Japan last weekend, Timo Glock will be replaced by Toyota test and reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi for the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix.

Glock suffered a heavy crash during qualifying at Suzuka last Saturday, and was forced to watch Sunday’s race from the garage with a wounded leg. According to Toyota, the injury would not heal on time for Timo to compete in Brazil, with practice starting on Friday.

Furthermore, medical checks have revealed a cracked vertebra for Timo.

Also speaking at the Toko Motor Show, Kobayashi added: "I will do the best I can at the Brazilian Grand Prix and try to score the best possible result for the team." With Glock having contracted swine air conditioning flu upon his arrival in Japan, Kobayashi took the reigns in Friday free practice although running time was limited due to rain.

Kobayashi will therefore become the 25th driver to compete in a Formula One race in 2009.

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Richard Bailey

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