Ken Block's plans to test Pirelli's Formula 1 test car at Monza in August have hit an early hurdle after it was discovered he is too tall to fit into the car.
The American WRC driver, who is famous for his Gymkhana videos, had planned to test the former Toyota F1 car on the final day of a Pirelli test at the Italian Grand Prix venue. Block traveled to Toyota Motorsport's factory in Cologne on Thursday for some early preparations, and a run in the simulator, but the plans hit a snag straight away. It seems Block's legs are too long for the car and, although he could sit in the cockpit, he could not turn the steering wheel when it was fitted.
Although it appears unlikely that modifications can be made to the updated 2009 F1 car to accommodate him, Toyota staff are looking at alternatives – including former cars – that could be suitable.
Block said at the Canadian GP that he was hugely excited about the prospect of driving an F1 car.
"I never imagined that something like this would even be available," he said. "But Pirelli saw the idea of doing something unique and different with me. They have been a great partner with me for everything I have been doing, so it is just something that for me is a dream come true.
"I have so little experience in open-wheel asphalt, it will be a huge learning experience for me."