HOBART // Surgery to pin the broken right leg of the Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber has been a success, his spokesman said. The Red Bull driver Webber, 32, was riding a mountain bike when he collided with a four-wheel drive vehicle while competing in his own multi-sport charity event in Tasmania on Saturday. Geoff Donohue, spokesman for the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, said that the Hobart Private Hospital doctors had inserted rods to mend the breaks in his lower right tibia and fibula.
"It was not known at this stage when Webber would be able to leave hospital," Donohue said. "He's feeling sharp and sprightly, all things considered." Police said no charges would be filed over the accident. Donohue added that Webber was expected to fully recover in time for the start of the Formula One season in Melbourne on March 29 but he is likely to miss the start of the testing in Europe. "He may miss some early testing in the car, it's a setback but it's a minor setback," Donohue said.