Timo Glock is still recovering from his appendix surgery Despite the fact that he is still recovering from an appendectomy, Timo Glock is confident that his still-fresh scar won’t cause him much discomfort at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

The Virgin Racing driver had to give the final pre-season test at Barcelona a miss after he was rushed to hospital to have the operation, but the German insists he will be driving at full speed when he returns to the cockpit for the first time tomorrow.

One area of concern, however, was that the current layout of his eight-point seatbelt harness was putting uncomfortable pressure on the scar tissue.

“We have changed the angle so that I will probably not even need any cushioning,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

One particular challenge he had to face was the FIA’s obligatory safety test whereby a fully strapped-in driver must be able to exit their car in under five seconds.

“I had to grit my teeth. With such rapid movement, it still tweaks,” he added.

Glock’s biggest concern will be the initial pace of the all-CFD MVR-02 car, which has proven to be some way off the pace of the leading cars, and still slower than the team’s nearest rival, Team Lotus.

“We will have to live with it for the first three races. The first update is only in Turkey,” he added.

[Original image via LAT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.