Gene on standby for Williams

Williams test driver Marc Gené is on standby for the Italian Grand Prix should Ralf Schumacher not be cleared to race. Schumacher missed most of last week's test programme at Monza when he flipped his Williams on the first day and ended up in ...

Williams test driver Marc Gené is on standby for the Italian Grand Prix should Ralf Schumacher not be cleared to race. Schumacher missed most of last week's test programme at Monza when he flipped his Williams on the first day and ended up in hospital. He was released after a night of observation and has been recovering at home in Austria.

"Nothing at the moment is standing in the way of my participation," said Schumacher at the beginning of this week, in regard to Monza. "In principle I feel totally in form and I'm fired up to get back into the car."

Williams is confident that he will be able to compete but Schumacher will first have to be cleared by FIA medial delegate Sid Watkins on Thursday. "We are confident Ralf will race but, if there are any doubts, Gené will step in," confirmed a team spokesperson.

Jordan's Ralph Firman will also have to report to Watkins tomorrow after he missed testing due to his high-speed shunt in Hungary. Firman's badly bruised foot from the accident is the concern and both he and Schumacher will need to be cleared of any after-effects of concussion.

Jordan test driver Zsolt Baumgartner will be present at Monza and will no doubt step into Firman's race seat, as he did in Hungary, should the need arise. However, Firman and Schumacher are confident they will be 100% fit.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Marc Gene , Zsolt Baumgartner , Ralph Firman
Teams Williams , Jordan