Webber hopeful of Melbourne return

Red Bull driver Mark Webber is hopeful of a February return to competitive duties after breaking his leg in a cycling accident, the BBC reports.

The 32-year-old Australian suffered the injury while competing in his charity competition, the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge.

The event sees competitors take part in a series of mountain bike riding, kayaking and trekking in the Australia island of Tasmania.

Webber was cycling along a road near Port Arthur when he had a coming together with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and sustained a compound fracture of his lower right leg.

He is confident of being fit enough to drive in the first Grand Prix of the 2009 season in Melbourne in March, although he admits the is a lot of guesswork involved in that assumption.

"In terms of me driving the car, it is impossible for me to say how I will feel when the car comes out for the first time," he told the news provider.

"We’ll look at how much driving I’ll do early on. If I have three decent tests going into Melbourne then I am totally focused on not letting the team down in final qualifying and on Sunday in Melbourne."

Webber will be starting his third season with Red Bull and will be competing alongside Sebastian Vettel.

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