Ralf faces Thursday fitness test

Ralf Schumacher will find out on Thursday whether he has the final go-ahead to take part in the Italian Grand Prix. The Williams driver has an important doctor's appointment with Professor Sid Watkins, the FIA's medical delegate, who has the power to prevent him from racing if he thinks Ralf is unfit.

Ralf faces Thursday fitness test

Although Ralf must race this weekend if he is to have any chance of getting back into the thick of the championship chase, Watkins will have no hesitation in withholding permission if he thinks there are any lingering effects of Ralf's concussion from a testing shunt at Monza last week.

Watkins has already acted twice this year to prevent drivers with concussion from racing. This happened after heavy practice shunts for Jenson Button and Ralph Firman in Monaco and Hungary respectively.

"For this race my goal is to keep my slim chance in the drivers' championship alive," said Schumacher Jr. "However, it is even more important to perform as a team and defend our lead in the constructors' championship."

Schumacher, who lies 14 points behind his championship-leading brother, has been training and recuperating at home in Austria this week and has said that he has no worries that he will be not allowed to race. His Williams team have also stated that they are equally confident he will have no problem with fitness.

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