Toyota’s F1 team determined what happened to Timo Glock’s car that caused it to crash during the German Grand Prix on July 20.
The team said a part on the right rear suspension that was damaged during the British Grand Prix two weeks before was used again at the German Grand Prix. Toyota has now changed their inspection policy to make sure that this never happens again.
"Following Timo Glock's incident during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Toyota Motorsport initiated a thorough investigation," the team said in a statement.
"This initially established that a rear toelink (trackrod) 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."
Well, let's hope so. God knows we don’t need any more injuries caused by silly mistakes.
Toyota determine cause of Glock's crash [Autosport.com]
Renault boss says F1 needs makeover
Flavio Briatore says F1 needs a major overhaul to get the fans back love in with the sport. Briatore believes that Max Mosley’s sex scandal problems has damaged the sport's reputation and have also hurt the teams along with the fans.
"His absence is felt, as there's no project for F1. The teams feel abandoned," Briatore told Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. "The Concorde agreement, the number of races, the costs, the spectacle, the imperative increase of revenues. Formula One needs to be re-designed.
"I feel that it should be down to the teams to decide, by electing in turns a director of operations. A guy who does things, not a PR person. On top of that, we need to decide with a 51 percent majority, not unanimously like now. Otherwise, we'll carry on being stuck."
"Nowadays, [Bernie] Ecclestone takes 50 percent of all revenues,” he added. “But we are supposed to be able to reduce our costs by 50 percent.
"How? Starting from the engines. Making them more environment-friendly, accepting Mosley's challenge of reducing fuel consumption by 50 percent by 2015, while cutting the high costs of the engine themselves and also cutting the staff.
"The problem is that us, Renault, have stuck to the letter of the current regulations on frozen engines, and we've been buggered: others didn't do that and are far ahead, while we suffer. It's not fair."
Briatore says F1 needs an overhaul [Autosport.com]