Cologne, Wednesday: Toyota F1 driver Timo Glock has revealed the full extent of the injury that has prevented him from participating in the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. According to the German, he suffered an unfortunate accident in the team’s motorhome at Suzuka, which has ruled him out of the last two races of the 2009 season.
“It was really very silly of me,” Glock confessed as his team prepared to fly out to the last race of the year. “I was just walking through the motorhome, minding my own business, and I walked into a door. Just wasn’t looking where I was going.”
Some journalists expressed scepticism that Glock could have fractured a vertebra from a simple collision with a door, but the Toyota driver was quick to add: “Well, after I hit the door, I stumbled backwards and fell down a flight of stairs. Honestly, that’s exactly what happened.”
Toyota’s team doctor would not confirm the precise nature of the accident that curtailed Glock’s season, but confirmed that it was “an incident in the team motorhome,” leading some to speculate that Glock may not be telling the truth, and that the injury may have been inflicted by an abusive team boss.
Sadly, team principals lashing out physically at their drivers is an increasingly common phenomenon in F1 today, with Scuderia Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost high on the list of repeat offenders. Toyota’s John Howett had previously been seen to be one of the more peaceful paddock figures, but recent questions over Glock’s injury have ignited rumours that he may not be all that he seems.
The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association denied that they had received any reports of driver-beating, with director Mark Webber claiming, “We are aware of the situation, but until Timo says something we can’t act.”