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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
Glock to miss Brazilian GP TIMO Glock will sit out this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix as he continues his recovery from the leg injury he sustained in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Although Glock had hoped to be fit in time for the penultimate race of the 2009 season, Toyota announced that a separate injury to his leg laceration, believed to be a back injury in the form of a cracked vertebra, had been discovered which would rule him out of the race. "Obviously everyone in the team is very disappointed and feels for Timo; we wish him a very speedy recovery," said Toyota Motorsport President John Howett. "Based on the initial diagnosis, we fully expected Timo to return in Brazil, but unfortunately a different injury has been revealed which prevents that. "He will remain in Germany to recover and we hope he can recuperate in time for Abu Dhabi, although at this stage the situation is not clear." Toyota's third driver, reigning GP2 Asia champion Kamui Kobayashi, will thus make his full F1 debut in Brazil this weekend. "Kamui was the natural choice to step in and he proved in Suzuka that he is capable of holding his own," Howett continued. "It is a difficult task for him but he knows the team will give him its complete support and we know he is motivated to make the most of this unexpected opportunity." A decision on Glock's participation in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be made in due course. FELIPE Massa will mark his return to the cockpit of a Ferrari Formula 1 car today, as the Brazilian takes part in a test session at Fiorano, Italy, at the wheel of an F2007 tted with GP2 tyres. This test, however, will not form the basis of a 2009 comeback. The Brazilian, who underwent a number of neurological examinations under the watch of the FIA's medical delegate Professor Jean-Charles Piette in Paris last week, was rumoured to be in line for a sensational return to F1 competition at the 2009 season finale in Abu Dhabi. However, despite, seeing promising results from those examinations, Ferrari has ruled out any 2009 return for Massa. "Tomorrow's event is significant but in no way does it signify a return to competition in the near future," a report on the Official Ferrari Website stated. "In fact, based on a previously taken decision and after an informal medical examination in Paris a few days ago, which proved rather positive, but not enough to endorse a return to competition in the next two months, Felipe and the team want to proceed gradually and without any hurry to recover as well as possible from the effects of the accident that happened in Budapest back on 25th July. "Therefore talk of a proper return to Formula 1 can wait until the start of the 2010 season and only at that time will the medical checks be carried out, as required by the FIA in order to allow someone who has been injured to return to racing." Massa will still play a crucial role in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, however, as he is set to wave the chequered flag at the end of the race. No '09 return for Massa F1 NEWS >> 7