Jan.19 (GMM) Mark Webber has set a firm date for his return to the formula one cockpit.
The Australian, still recovering from a badly broken right leg sustained in a cycling crash late last year, told the BBC's Radio Five Live that he is scheduled to drive the new Red Bull on February 11.That is two days after the Renault-powered RB5 makes its track debut at Spain's Jerez circuit."I'm going to have a crack at driving the car on February 11, and then we'll see how that goes," the 32-year-old said."If it goes really well, I'll be back in on February 13."If Webber's rehabilitation has gone to plan, he will then test at Red Bull's subsequent three pre-season tests - at Jerez, Valencia and finally Barcelona - prior to heading to Melbourne for the first race of 2009.He is still using crutches but believes he will be fit enough to drive in three weeks."It won't affect how I drive my car," Webber insisted. "It affects my conditioning -- I need a little bit more preparation, but by the time I get to Melbourne I should be in really good nick again."