F1: drivers face no action after Glock-Coulthard collision

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarMonday, April 28th, 2008

 
 

It was far from being the most dramatic moment of the Spanish Grand Prix.

But the collision between Red Bull’s David Coulthard and Timo Glock around Lap 54 provoked a stewards’ inquiry after the Toyota rookie appeared to shunt the veteran Scot from behind on an ill-advised overtaking manoeuvre.

Glock tried to pass Coulthard on the inside of turn five, leading to a trip back to the pits and a new front wing for the youngster and a rear puncture for the Red Bull driver.

The incident was the final nail in the coffin of any ambitions Coulthard had to score points from this race and he ended up with a final classification of 12th.

The race stewards have decided that no further action is necessary as a result of the incident.

Coulthard is getting decidedly fatalistic about all this. He told Autosport: “I think I’ve said enough, haven’t I? In my last column I did the whole thing on how I wish people would know that my eyes face out front, they don’t face back. What you see on the video footage is not what I see in the car.

“You make a commitment and what I do is make it clear whether I am moving out of the way or taking an early line. It seems to have worked through most of my career, so I don’t know what has gone wrong this year.

“There will be all this stuff about my age and the oldest driver getting involved in all the incidents, which you can fuel the flames or not, but I don’t know what I can do. Should I just drive off the circuit and let all these people by?”

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