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Glock misses Japan GP after crash

Timo Glock hits the tyre wall

Timo Glock was taken to hospital after his crash on Suzuka's final corner

Toyota's Timo Glock is out of the Japanese Grand Prix after a high-speed crash in the second qualifying session.

Glock was airlifted to hospital after hitting a tyre barrier head-on after running wide at the final corner, but escaped with minor injuries.

Qualifying was halted for over 10 minutes as the 27-year-old German driver was stretchered to an ambulance with a wound to his upper left leg.

Three other drivers crashed out in a dramatic session at Suzuka.

Toyota say he sustained a five centimetre cut on his lower left leg in the accident and that the German was suffering with back pain, though no damage showed up on x-rays.

Glock said: "Together with my physio I tried everything to be fit for the Japanese Grand Prix - but in the end it is not possible for me to race."

Timo Glock

Timo Glock interview

The team applied for permission for Kamui Kobayashi, who completed both Friday practice sessions, to race.

But stewards said the rules require a driver to take part in at least one practice session on the second day of the event, the Saturday, if he is to race.

"It is a pity to miss Toyota's home race and I'm annoyed that this happened," added Glock.

"I want to say thanks to my car crew because they worked all night to fix the damage and get it ready for the race. They did a great job but unfortunately I can't race, however I am sure I will be back in Brazil."

Glock removed his steering wheel immediately after crashing into the tyre wall at around 165mph and waved as he was moved into the ambulance by medical staff.

"It looked pretty scary and thankfully he is OK," said Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who took pole position for Sunday's race, "the most important message is that all the drivers are OK."

Glock had missed Friday's practice sessions because he was suffering from a heavy cold and fever.

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"It's a very challenging circuit, one of the most challenging circuits we can find in the world," said Glock's Toyota team-mate Jarno Trulli, who qualified in second.

"We have seen today that you can't afford any mistakes because the run-off areas here are quite small."

Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello called for Suzuka to increase the size of its run-off areas.

"We need more escape areas, it is still pretty dangerous out there," said the Brazilian.

The Suzuka circuit is being used for Formula 1 for the first time in three years and roughly half the circuit has been resurfaced since its last race in 2006.

Friday's practice sessions were heavily affected by heavy rain and therefore run at a much slower pace.

The bad weather also meant grip levels were below what they usually would be by the time of qualifying.

Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari and McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen both crashed out at Degner Two as the three red flags meant Saturday's qualifying session overran by 30 minutes.

BBC Sport's Suzuka circuit guide

There was also a yellow flag at the end of the second qualifying session as Sebastien Buemi lost control of his Toro Rosso on the run to 130R and scraped his car along the outer barrier, scattering debris - including his front wing - onto the track.

Red Bull's Mark Webber crashed out of final practice on Saturday morning, again at the Degner curve, as several drivers seemed to struggle to get to grips with the challenges of the figure-of-eight shaped circuit.

There had been very little dry running at Suzuka after Friday's washout and several drivers seemed to struggle as they pushed for maximum performance in qualifying.



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