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Klien fit to race at Magny-Cours 29 Jun 2004

Christian Klien (AUT) Jaguar.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Preparations, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 10 June 2004

The Jaguar team have confirmed that Christian Klien will compete in this weekend’s French Grand Prix, despite badly cutting a finger in a freak accident while at last week’s Barcelona test session.

Klien picked up a brake cooling fan in the Jaguar garage and sliced off the top of his right index finger on the blade. However, the Austrian says he has now fully recovered and is ready to race in Magny-Cours. “There’s no pain any more, the new skin has grown over and it looks good," he told Jaguar’s official web site.

Meanwhile, a decision is also imminent regarding Ralf Schumacher’s participation in the French event. The Williams driver crashed heavily in the last round at Indianapolis and will have to pass stringent medical tests before he is given the all clear to race by the FIA.

Should Schumacher be unable to return to the cockpit, Williams have test drivers Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia on standby. Gene stood in at last year’s Italian Grand Prix after Ralf pulled out following a testing accident. The Spaniard qualified and finished in a highly-respectable fifth place.