Injured Irvine misses Monza test

Jaguar Racing has played down Eddie Irvine's recurring neck injury that has forced him out of his second test in three weeks, and says there is no chance he will miss the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next weekend

Injured Irvine misses Monza test

Irvine was scheduled to run at Monza in Italy today but he complained of a stiff neck, similar to the problem he suffered at Silverstone last month. The irritation stems from a facet joint capsual in the upper cervical area and is causing the Ulsterman some discomfort when he moves his head.

Jaguar has decided to rest him for the entire three-day test at Monza as a precautionary measure.

"Like most injuries of this nature, time is the best healer," said a Jaguar Racing spokesman. "The injury was treated last month and Eddie has since raced at the Grand Prix of Europe and the French Grand Prix without any recurrence, albeit until this morning. Because of back-to-back races, the injury has not fully settled and has been irritated again, although it's nowhere near as painful as it was last month when literally any neck movement generated pain.

"Today's recurrence still allows for 90 percent neck movement without pain, but in an effort to get on top of this once and for all, we have decided to pull him out of the test to ensure he's in perfect shape for the British Grand Prix. There is absolutely no question of him not racing at Silverstone next week but we want to avoid aggravating the irritation any further."

Jaguar Racing F3 driver Andre Lotterer is on his way to Monza and will take over Irvine's testing duties for the remainder of the three-day test.

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