Timo Glock will need the go-ahead of medical officials before being allowed to start the European Grand Prix

The FIA has ruled that Marussia’s unwell driver, Timo Glock, will be given the go-ahead to start today’s European Grand Prix, but only if he is given the green light from medical officials to be able to race.

The German was sidelined ahead of yesterday’s qualifying session after being taken to hospital to address a persistent stomach flu that has been affecting him since Thursday.

Despite showing some signs of recovery on Friday, he suffered a relapse of sorts on Saturday and elected to give qualifying a miss, leaving him at the mercy of the FIA Stewards as to whether he would be considered as having qualified for Sunday’s 70-lap race.

Glock was given the go-ahead on account of his pace in the free practice sessions (in which he lapped consistently within 107% of the fastest session times), as well as taking into consideration his performance over the course of the season.

“The permission [to race] is subject to the driver being cleared to race by the FIA Medical Delegate,” the confirmation from the FIA reads.

Should Glock make the start, he will start from the back row of the grid, one place behind team-mate Charles Pic.

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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.