Rumours of Timo Glock's demise do indeed appear to be premature as the German returned to the cockpit of the second Toyota in time for Saturday morning practice in Japan.

Much had been made of Glock's absence from the two Friday sessions, where he was replaced by Japanese hopeful Kamui Kobayashi. Although clearly suffering from a heavy cold, Toyota's claim that the German had been advised to rest was seen by many as a convenient excuse to get a local favourite on board to assuage the company's high rollers at their home grand prix.

Glock, however, was passed fit to drive when the action resumed at Suzuka on Saturday - and, thanks to dramatic improvement in the weather, he did not suffer as badly as he may have done had Friday been dry.

"His fever has gone down and, while he's not 100 per cent, he's well enough to drive," a team spokesman confirmed.

There has been much speculation since last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix - where he finished second to Lewis Hamilton - that Glock was to be replaced in the Toyota line-up, a rumour heightened by confirmation that the team had not taken up its option on his services for 2010.

However, although president John Howett conceded that Toyota was indeed targeting bigger names for next season, he insists that door is not completely closed to Glock, with talks ongoing.

"I think the market is very fluid," Howett admitted on Friday, "I think we have tried to be fair to the drivers to say that we may not have seats for them and, therefore, I think it is fair and transparent to do that. We remain in contact with both of them, particularly Timo, but I do feel there will be movements in the driver market, some movements even that people aren't speculating about at the moment and therefore we want to be free to consider the best option for the team for next year. We think we will have a strong car and we want good results.

"I think you have to say [Timo strengthened his case in Singapore] but, on the other hand, we would have liked to have seen that result more consistently. His race pace is outstanding - it always has been but, sometimes in qualifying, he has struggled and makes life extremely hard for himself. We still have a great affinity for Timo and we are still talking and he may well be in the car next year, but it is too early to confirm our situation."


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