Toyota reveal cause of Glock’s accident

Toyota TF108Toyota have found the cause of Timo Glock s crash. The German driver suffered a big impact at the German Grand Prix on lap 36 his suspension looked to fail on the final corner of the lap, sending the car careering across the track and smashing into the pit wall.

Toyota have said that the incident was caused by one of the parts within Glock s car being carried over from Silverstone to Hockenheim and it failed due to being damaged during the British Grand Prix. The team have said they have now changed their inspection processes so that the same problem will not happen again.

Following Timo Glock’s incident during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Toyota Motorsport initiated a thorough investigation,” Toyota said in a statement.

“This initially established that a rear toelink gave way causing Timo to lose control of the car, but confirmed that there were no exceptional circumstances before or during the incident in the German Grand Prix.

“Further investigation has established that damage sustained in the British Grand Prix two weeks earlier was the cause. During that race Timo suffered several incidents.

“As is normal practice, some parts from the British Grand Prix were carried over to Hockenheim, including most of the rear right suspension. Although the parts were subjected to the normal test and screening process following the Silverstone race and passed fit for use at Hockenheim, it has become apparent that it did not identify an issue which subsequently led to the incident at Hockenheim.

“As a result of this investigation, Toyota Motorsport has revised its inspection processes to include such cases and is extremely confident there will be no repeat.”

David Coulthard has called on the FIA to launch a probe into the Toyota cars. Coulthard said that when Red Bull had failures of their suspension at Sepang and Melbourne at the start of the season, the FIA asked Red Bull to put together a report showing that the car was safe to race. The Scottish driver believes that the FIA should be doing the same thing for Toyota as they have now had two chassis problems a rear wing fell off at Silverstone, and the suspension failed on Glock s car at Hockenheim.

“I didn t hear of any investigation into the structural integrity of the Toyota,” he explained in his column for the ITV website. “But presumable that will happen because when we had a suspension breakage in Malaysia we came under the spotlight of the FIA in a way that was publicly uncomfortable for the team.”