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Webber breaks leg in cycling accident

Webber breaks leg in cycling accident

Red Bull driver Mark Webber has suffered a broken leg after being involved in a road accident during his annual Tasmania Challenge charity event in Australia. Webber collided with a car while riding his mountain bike on Saturday’s stage near Port Arthur.

Webber was attended by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted by helicopter to the Royal Hobart Hospital, where he underwent surgery to insert a pin in his right leg. He is expected to stay in hospital for around three days before beginning a rehabilitation programme.

The Australian was participating in the penultimate day of the 2008 Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, a 250-kilometre endurance event that involves teams of sportsmen and women competing using mountain bikes, kayaks and trekking.

"Mark's in good spirits," the event's director, Geoff Donohue, was quoted as saying by the BBC. "The broken leg is the injury, and beyond that, he's in really good shape. He has a little bit of a graze on his left forearm, but he has had full scans and everything else is clear.”

The accident will almost certainly rule Webber out of any Formula One testing activity with Red Bull until the New Year.
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Webber has op on broken leg

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Eurosport - Sat, 22 Nov 17:30:00 2008

Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber has undergone surgery after he broke his right leg in a cycling crash during his own outdoor adventure event in Tasmania.

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Webber, 32, who drives for the Red Bull team, was cycling near Port Arthur in southern Tasmania when he collided with a vehicle.

Webber was competing in his own charity event, the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, a 250-kilometre (155-mile) challenge using mountain bikes, kayaks and trekking, when the accident happened.

"The surgery is complete, a pin inserted and the recovery begins," Event Director Geoff Donohue confirmed.

Despite reports of more serious injuries, including possible multiple bone fractures, Donohue said the broken leg is the Red Bull driver's only problem.

"He has a little bit of a graze on his left forearm, but he has had full scans and everything else is clear," he said of Webber. "He'll be in hospital for at least three days, for sure under a week."

Webber was airlifted from the scene near Port Arthur to the Royal Hobart Hospital, and later transferred to Hobart Private Hospital.

It is understood he will be out of action for at least six weeks, with Donohue confirming that Webber will surely miss Red Bull's scheduled test at Jerez next month.

"He might miss out on a little bit of testing but at this stage that's about all," he said.

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I read that yesterday on the F1 site. Too bad for him, I guess red bull will have Vettel work more on the 2009 car!
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Webber is one of the few drivers who doesn't seem to mind pre start interviews.
He comes across as a pretty laid back good guy, who doesn't take himself to serous.
A very likeable guy.
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Hartley steps in for Webber

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Eurosport - Fri, 28 Nov 21:10:00 2008

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will test for the Red Bull Formula One team in December after regular Australian driver Mark Webber was ruled out with a broken leg.

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The team said on their website that the Formula Three driver would join Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi for the test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain on December 15.

Hartley, a Red Bull junior driver who has had brief 'shakedown' runs in Red Bull cars this year, recently finished third in the Macau F3 Grand Prix after starting in 20th place.

The 19-year-old also set a lap record in the process.

"Brendon is one of several promising talents in the Red Bull Junior Team and an opportunity has arisen to allow him to get some time in a Formula One car," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

Webber broke his right leg last weekend after a collision with a car while cycling in a charity challenge event in Tasmania.

The Australian said on Thursday he hopes to be back behind the wheel for the first test of the team's 2009 car in February.

The 2009 season starts in Australia on March 29.

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What a bummer. While its a great opportunity for the replacement driver I hope Mark gets healed up and into the car sooner than expected.

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