Montoya Faces Sim Test before Spain

McLaren will subject injured Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya to a test in their Formula One simulator before deciding whether he can make his race comeback in Spain next month

Montoya Faces Sim Test before Spain

Montoya suffered a hairline fracture of the shoulder in a fall last month and will have missed two Grands Prix before Barcelona on May 8.

"The bone has actually healed quite well but because the arm needed immobilising he's had quite a bit of muscle wastage and that's got to come back, the muscle strength has got to come back," said McLaren boss Ron Dennis at the San Marino Grand Prix on Friday.

"He will go through some more scans and he's scheduled to go into the simulator before the Spanish Grand Prix and we will determined based on his performance in our simulator whether he's fit to race," he added.

Austrian Alexander Wurz is taking Montoya's place at Imola, the fourth race of the season, on Sunday after Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa competed in Bahrain three weeks ago. It will be Wurz's first race since the end of the 2000 season when he drove for Benetton.

While de la Rosa drove McLaren's third car at Imola in Friday practice and will do so in Spain, McLaren have made no decision about who will continue in the role after the Circuit de Catalunya.

De la Rosa was fastest at Imola on Friday.

"Clearly Alex's performance is going to play a role in the decision and it would be inappropriate to take any decision before we've seen how well he does this weekend," said Dennis.

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