Timo Glock's bad weekend in front of his home fans at the Nürburgring was made even worse when the FIA demoted him to the very back of the starting grid for being deemed to have impeded the Renault of former double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso in the opening phase of qualifying for this weekend's German Grand Prix.
Having struggled woefully for balance in his Toyota TF109 – visibly suffering from handfuls of understeer, particularly in the tricky conditions – the man from Lindenfels went off-track twelve minutes into in Q1, and in rejoining did so directly in front of Alonso, who he proceeded to get in the way of, spoiling the Spaniard's flying lap.
Though he himself could manage no better than 19th in any case, the 27-year-old will now begin plum last on race day – the fourth time in nine outings in 2009 that he will have started from the back row or pit-lane. Glock's penalty is actually for three places, but given his qualifying position he can only fall as far as 20th.
'The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, have considered the following matter,' read an official statement from the sport's governing body, going on to highlight what it determines to be 'a breach of the regulations' by the former GP2 Series Champion.
'The driver of car 10 impeded the driver of car 7 during Q1 by slowing down,' it continues, citing a contravention of Article 31.7 of the 2009 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations. 'This action was also potentially dangerous.'