Heidfeld Confident of Spa Return

Nick Heidfeld in confident that he will be fit enough to return to the Williams cockpit at the Belgian Grand Prix despite being forced to miss this weekend's race at Monza

Heidfeld Confident of Spa Return

The German withdrew from the Italian Grand Prix after complaining of headaches, which were a legacy of a sizeable accident he had during last week's test at Monza.

Heidfeld has flown to Barcelona in Spain for checks at a hospital there and has said that the early prognosis from doctors and his physiotherapist Ricard Huelamo is that he will be able to return to action at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend.

"It came that everything is okay in terms of my long-term health," said Heidfeld. "So an 'all-clear' signal is naturally positive."

Two minor problems were uncovered in the hospital tests however; that his brain is still suffering from being shaked about in the Monza crash, and that his spinal column has a minor issue.

Neither of these factors are believed to be enough to keep him out of the cockpit, although he is due to remain in Spain for the next few days.

"The doctors in the hospital are of the opinion that I should in all probability be fit to race at Spa, but there will be further check-ups," added Heidfeld. "It is obvious to state that I want to start in Belgium.

"It is already enough for me not to be able to start in Monza."

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