Kobayashi in for Glock

Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese GP 2009

Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese GP 2009 

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Panasonic Toyota Racing can confirm that third driver Kamui Kobayashi will take part in today's practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, in place of the unwell Timo Glock. This is very convenient for the Japanese company.

Timo is apparently suffering from a very heavy cold and fever so has been advised to rest by the team doctor in order to enable him to recover in time to compete in qualifying and the Japanese Grand Prix itself.

Kamui, 23, is the reigning GP2 Asia champion and recently completed his second GP2 Series campaign. He has been Panasonic Toyota Racing third driver since the beginning of 2008.

Kamui said: "It is a pity Timo is not feeling well today. But I am grateful for the team's trust in me to take part in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. I have experienced the TF109 already and I am looking forward to trying it out at Suzuka, even though it is only for practice. I will do my best to contribute to the team's preparations and of course I wish Timo a very fast recovery."

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