Timo Glock has been sidelined by appendix problems and will have to skip the Spanish test with his Virgin team after an operation. It's not as dramatic as Robert Kubica's life-threatening rally crash, which is likely to keep the Renault team leader on the sidelines for most of the year as he recovers from hand injuries, but it's still a big blow for Glock and Virgin.
Glock had an operation on Tuesday to have his appendix removed after falling ill at his home in Switzerland on Monday.
"Timo had an operation yesterday to remove his appendix after a sudden case of appendicitis," said Virgin team manager, John Booth. "The procedure was routine and Timo is recovering well in hospital in Switzerland, where he is likely to remain for a further 24 hours." But his comeback will not begin until Virgin joins the other F1 teams at Albert Park.
"To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that he will take part in next week's test in Barcelona and that Jerome (d'Ambrosio, his team mate) will run on all four days instead,"Booth said. "We will make a final decision early next week. We look forward to having Timo back with us very soon." Virgin is working - like most other teams - on a late update to its car for the final hit-out at Barcelona next week.