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GP Week : Issue 2
28 NEWLY-appointed GPDA President Pedro de la Rosa has said the body will look into the uneven grass run off following Turn 12 at Albert Park, after Timo Glock’s enormous crash at the site on Lap 44 of the Australian Grand Prix. In an incident reminiscent of Robert Kubica’s horror smash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Glock’s Toyota hit an unsighted mound of grass, launching it into the air and back to earth with incredible force, ripping the wheels off the car and bringing a violent and premature end to his Formula 1 debut. “We will look into it,” confirmed de la Rosa. “One thing is for sure and that is that that bump should never have been there. If it was there it was because we were not aware of it, otherwise we would have complained about it.” Glock had found a slight bump at the same place during practice for the race, but at a lower speed his car had simply come back down on all four wheels. Nothing was done to rectify the uneven ground before the race however because Glock, who is not a member of the GPDA, had not complained. “If we would have noticed or Timo would have said something to us, we speak to Charlie [Whiting, FIA Race Director] and he would have done anything to remove that bump. We need to be aware of the problem to fix it,” the Spaniard continued, “but once we know that there is a problem we always go immediately to Charlie and with the circuit organisers they will do everything we want. We just didn’t spot the problem.” Glock’s crash alarms GPDA KAZUKI Nakajima’s Australian Grand Prix may have ended in a points finish, but the Japanese driver will have to overcome a 10-place grid penalty in Malaysia this weekend if he is to repeat the feat in the second race of the season. Nakajima was called into the pits for two replacement noses during the course of a 58-lap Grand Prix, which Williams F1 Director of Engineering Patrick Head termed as “colourful” for the Japanese youngster. It was for the second of these nose-changing incidents that Nakajima received his penalty, as after the race the stewards found he was guilty of causing an avoidable accident with Robert Kubica’s BMW. As Williams look towards the next race Head was typically matter of fact about his driver’s performance, simply saying that Nakajima would “aim not to lose two wings in Malaysia.” 12 months ago Kazuki Nakajima made his GP2 Series debut in Bahrain. After his involvement in two rather forceful moves over the course of the weekend, the stewards of the meeting handed him a 10-place grid penalty for the second meeting of the season in Barcelona. Naughty Nakajima