Ralf faces Tuesday tests

Williams' Ralf Schumacher will undergo medical tests on Tuesday to ensure he is fit enough to return to the cockpit for testing at Monza this week

Ralf faces Tuesday tests

Schumacher has been out of action since the United States Grand Prix when he crashed heavily at Turn 13 and fractured his spine. While the German hoped to return for the Hungarian race earlier this month, he was forced to postpone the outing as he was not fully recovered.

Schumacher's doctors will carry out scans on him on Tuesday and if he's passed fit he will test at Monza this week.

"He will go to his own doctors first." Williams technical boss Sam Michael said. "They will look at the MRI scans and decide for themselves - he's doing that on Tuesday. If he is okay on Tuesday, he will test in Monza on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Obviously if on Tuesday his doctors say he's not up to racing it won't go any further."

The hopes is that Schumacher will be able to make a race comeback at the Italian Grand Prix in two weeks' time. But for that he will have a separate medical with Formula 1's medical delegate Professor Sid Watkins.

BMW's motorsport director Mario Theissen says the German is itching to get back into the car. "I talked to him on Friday, he was very positive, he wants to get back in the car. He will have medical check and based on that, and Sid Watkins' view, as soon as he is approved he will go racing."

Reserve driver Marc Gene and test driver Anotnio Pizzonia have covered racing duties in Ralf's absence.

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