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Kamui Kobayashi to fill in for unwell Timo Glock in practice

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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.

Timo is 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."

Kamui Kobayashi's Career Summary

1996 SL Takarazuka Tournament, Cadet: 3rd
1997 SL All Japan Cadet: 1st
1998 JAF Cup West Cadet: 1st
1999 SL All Japan Tournament (S stock, D class): 1st
2000 All Japan Junior Kart Championship
Suzuka Kart Championship: 1st
2001 All Japan Kart Championship, ICA: 1st
Asia Pacific Kart Championship, ICA
Esso Formula Toyota Racing School scholarship
2002 Kart Euro Championship
Esso Formula Toyota Series (1 race)
2003 Esso Formula Toyota Series: 2nd
2004 Formula Renault Italia: 4th (2 wins)
2005 Formula Renault Italia: 1st (6 wins)
Formula Renault Eurocup: 1st (5 wins)
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series: 8th (Rookie of the Year)
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series: 4th (1 win)
2008 GP2 Asia Series: 6th (2 wins)
GP2 Series: 16th (1 win)
F1: Panasonic Toyota Racing, third driver
2009 GP2 Asia Series: 1st (2 wins)
GP2 Series: 17th (1 podium)
F1: Panasonic Toyota Racing, third driver

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