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GP Week : Issue 66
F1 NEWS >> TOYOTA's Timo Glock is hoping to be ready for a racing return to Formula 1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix in a fortnight, after su ering a 5 cm gash to his left leg in a qualifying crash at the nal corner. The incident, which Glock admitted had been caused entirely by driver error, saw the German run wide onto the gravel at the final corner and run into the barriers at a speed he believed to be in excess of 200kph. An aluminium strut which holds the front wing to the nosecone found its way into Glock's monocoque and cut his leg through his overalls. "It was just a mistake on my side," he said. "I had a bit of oversteer out of the last chicane and tried to take as much speed as possible out of the last corner. I opened the steering wheel, because I saw I was on a good time for Q2, and at the last moment tried to turn back again. "Then I thought I was half a metre to the right, but I wasn't. Then I just touched the grass slightly with the front left wheel and then the car just took off and I had no chance." Despite requiring 14 stitches, Glock is confident he will be fit enough to return in Brazil. "It should be quite easy for Brazil. The problem at the moment is that I don't have pain when I put pressure on the leg. It is the cut that does not give me the flexibility I need, and I think in two or three days it already should be a big step," he said on Sunday morning in Suzuka. "Already from yesterday, I could not walk. Today I can walk. So in two or three days it should be much better, and in 10 days it should be okay. So Brazil should not be a problem." Glock had a torrid Japanese Grand Prix. He missed Friday practice with a high fever, only to return on Saturday for final practice and qualifying and end up in Yokkaichi hospital. As the German himself put it after his podium in Singapore one week earlier: "I cannot find a way to have two weekends in a row where everything goes right." Glock expecting Brazil return 5