Timo Glock is likely to miss this week’s final pre-season test at Barcelona after undergoing an appendectomy.

Timo Glock has undergone surgery to remove his appendix The 28-year-old Virgin Racing lead driver underwent routine keyhole surgery in a Swiss hospital after suffering a sudden illness stemming from the all-too-common condition.

The “routine” operation was deemed a success and the team holds no concerns about the German’s fitness to contest the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in late March.

While it is believed that Glock is keen to return to the cockpit of the MVR-02 and get more testing miles under his belt, the final decision on his participation at the Circuit de Catalunya lies with team principal John Booth.

“Timo is recovering well in hospital in Switzerland, where he is likely to remain for a further 24 hours,” Booth is quoted as saying.

“To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that he will take part in next week’s test in Barcelona and that Jérôme [d’Ambrosio, Glock’s team-mate] will run on all four days instead.

“We will make a final decision early next week. We look forward to having Timo back with us very soon,” he added.

[Original image via LAT]

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