Grid penalty handed out for blocking Alonso
As if Timo Glock’s home Grand Prix weekend was not going bad enough after the Toyota racer qualified in a dismal 19th position, his Saturday got even worse after qualifying today in Germany as the race stewards' found him guilty
of blocking Renault driver Fernando Alonso
Glock therefore takes a three position penalty on the grid and starts last promoting Toro Rosso Ferrari driver Sebastien Bourdais one position to 19th.
It was a poor session from Toyota with Jarno Trulli
qualifying just 14th in the sister TF109.
"We were certainly not expecting such a bad result,” admitted chassis manager Pascal Vasselon. “So far the weekend had been quite smooth with trouble-free sessions for both cars. The set-up was reasonably sorted but obviously we didn't manage the changeable conditions well in qualifying.
“Timo locked his rear wheels on his lap on the super soft tyres in Q1 and we were one lap too late with Jarno to switch to dry tyres in Q2.
It was quite a bad result considering the high standards we have set so far this season but anything can happen in the race.”
While qualifying was a disappointment, the team still hope to take something away from their home Grand Prix weekend as they look to retain third position in the constructors’ championship over Ferrari.
“We have prepared our set-up to cope with the possibility of bad weather and rain could again play a big part," Vasselon added.