Race against the Glock after surgery

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TIMO Glock faces a race against time to be fit for the final pre-season Formula One test in Barcelona after undergoing keyhole surgery to have his appendix removed.

Marussia Virgin Racing’s senior driver went under the knife on Monday after falling ill over the weekend and is currently recovering in a hospital in Switzerland.

Now the German driver is a major doubt to be fully fit for the four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, which begins on Tuesday.

John Booth, the team principal of the Dinnington-based team, said: “To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that Timo will take part in next week’s test in Barcelona and that Jerome [d’Ambrosio] 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.”

Meanwhile, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed a decision on rescheduling the Bahrain Grand Prix will be made before the season kicks off in Australia.

The race, scheduled for March 13, was called off last Monday by the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, due to political unrest in the Gulf kingdom.

However, Ecclestone has hinted it could be slotted into the calendar in August, despite the searing temperatures that would prevail.

Dismissing the idea of another venue replacing Bahrain, Ecclestone said: “We don’t need an alternative race anywhere in Europe or any other place. We need a race in Bahrain.”