Red Bull Racing are confident that Mark Webber will recover from his broken leg in time for the start of the 2009 season.
The Australian suffered the injury during his Pure Tasmania Challenge charity event earlier today. He was involved in a head-on collision with a road vehicle during one of the cycling section of the 250-kilometre event.
The break has already been operated on successfully, and although Webber's Red Bull team believe he will now miss much of winter testing, they expect him to be fit for Melbourne next March.
"Mark will remain in Tasmania for a few days before continuing his recovery in the UK," said a Red Bull Racing statement.
"While it looks like he's out of the winter testing programme, we fully expect Mark to make the starting grid in Melbourne next March.
"Mark has said he's relieved to know the driver of the motor vehicle was uninjured and expressed his thanks to the many well wishes from family, friends and supporters.
"Everyone at Red Bull Racing would like to add their best wishes to Mark and hope for his speedy recovery."
Webber had also been scheduled to contest the Race of Champions at Wembley in December, but will now have to sit out the event.