Timo Glock will miss qualifying for the European Grand Prix ... and quite possible the race as well

An unwell Timo Glock will not participate in today’s qualifying session for the European Grand Prix, the Marussia F1 team has announced. The German has been felled by a persistent stomach bug, and was taken to hospital for treatment after today’s final practice session.

“Timo has been fighting a stomach bug since Thursday,” the Marussia team said in a statement.

Timo Glock“He felt well enough to take part in yesterday’s Free Practice sessions and had seemed to be improving.

“This morning, after Free Practice 3, he started to feel unwell again. It is clear that at this time, he is not sufficiently well to take part in a demanding qualifying session and needs to recuperate further.”

The team confirmed that it was too early to make a decision about whether he would be able to race in tomorrow’s Grand Prix, assuming the FIA Stewards allowed him the chance to.

“Timo and the team will now seek further medical guidance this afternoon. Until such time as this guidance has been received, no decisions will be reached regarding tomorrow’s race. A further statement will be issued on Sunday morning,” the statement concludes.

While the team’s official test driver, Maria de Villota, is onsite this weekend, she would not be able to participate in qualifying as a substitute driver on account of the fact that she does not yet hold an FIA Superlicense.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.