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GP Week : Issue 22
Glock superb for Toyota TIMO Glock’s drive to second position in the Hungarian Grand Prix is being widely praised as a “stunning performance.” The German, who was involved in a massive race-ending shunt in Germany two weeks ago and taken to hospital for checks, recovered from a fuel rig issue during his first pit stop, which had cost him over four seconds, to deftly handle the advances of Ferrari world champion Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race. “In this part of my first Formula One season it is just unbelievable and I still can’t believe it that we finished P2,” said a delighted Glock. “After the crash in Hockenheim it is just a perfect answer. We had a good race pace in Hockenheim and we knew that the car would be good here. From the beginning the car was just like I needed it and the result shows what’s possible when the car is right for me. “In the race itself I had a really good start. I improved my reaction time quite a lot in the last couple of races and that was the key for the start today. I had a mega start and I could go a good race pace, especially on prime tyres. We knew at the end with the soft tyres we would be struggling, especially for myself the soft tyre was just really difficult to get a feeling for it. “I just tried to make no mistakes and stay in front of Raikkonen and in the end P2 is just perfect for the team and really important for the Constructors’ Championship and it is really good.” “I really can’t find the words to celebrate this result,” said Tadashi “George” Yamashima, Toyota’s Team Principal. “We had a few difficulties in practice but during qualifying the drivers pushed themselves to the limit and things got better and better. Today Timo did a fantastic race. We saw immediately that his car was quick and his third stint was almost perfect. “He was under threat from Kimi but he Pos # Driver FORMULA 1 Round 11 HUNGARORING Team 3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Toyota Ferrari was quick in the third sector and he was able to fend him off. This is a stunning performance and my thanks go out to the whole team and everyone working in the factory. I’m very appreciative of all their hard work and next we will aim for the centre of the podium.” Toyota has made a raft of upgrades to its 2008 car over the last two races, and is surpassed perhaps only in terms of overall improved performance by McLaren. With the team locked in a tight battle with Renault for fourth in the constructors’ championship, the result takes the team into the second half of the season with momentum. Laps Time 1 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 70 1:37:27.067 2 12 Timo Glock 4 5 Fernando Alonso Renault Renault Toyota 70 +11.0s 70 +16.8s 70 +21.6s 5 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 +23.0s 6 6 Nelsin Piquet 7 11 Jarno Trulli 8 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 9 10 Mark Webber 10 3 Nick Heidfeld Honda 70 +32.2s 70 +36.4s 70 +48.3s Red Bull-Renault 70 +58.8s BMW Sauber 70 +67.7s 11 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 70 +70.4s 12 16 Jenson Button 69 +1 Lap 13 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 69 +1 Lap 14 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 69 +1 Lap 15 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 16 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 17 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 18 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel Grid 2 5 6 7 1 10 9 4 8 68 +2 Laps 67 Engine 67 +3 Laps Force India-Ferrari 62 +8 Laps STR-Ferrari 22 +48 Laps 15 13 12 16 14 18 17 3 19 20 11 Points – Drivers: Hamilton 62, Raikkonen 57, Massa 54, Kubica 49, Heidfeld 41, Kovalainen 38, Trulli 22, Webber 18, Alonso 18, Glock 13. Manufacturers: Ferrari 111, McLaren-Mercedes 100, BMW 90, Toyota 35, Renault 31, Red Bull 24, Williams-Toyota 16, Honda 14. 28