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Kovalainen is 'fighting fit' after Spanish crash

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  • Kovalainen itching to get back in car after serious crash in Barcelona
  • The Finn has returned to full training and will undergo a brain scan
  • FIA medical team will have final say on whether he can race in Turkey
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By Glen Scanlon
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen is back in full training after his serious accident at the Spanish Grand Prix and says he has no doubts about driving in Turkey.


McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen is training hard to be fit for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Kovalainen was flown to hospital after a left-tire puncture sent him into a tire wall while traveling at 240kph at the Circuit de Catalunya.

He will have to pass an FIA medical before being allowed to drive at this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

However, the only lasting damage appears to have been a stiff neck, which the Finn says has "pretty much gone."

Kovalainen explained:"I have been back training. I left Spain on Thursday and went back to Finland, where I have spent some time working with the team doctor at our facility there on ensuring I am fit for the race.

"Initially during the week we were doing some light training before starting on my full program just before the weekend."

Kovalainen said the next step was the FIA medical at the track in Turkey.

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"I can't wait to get back into the car and race with the team... but at the end of the day the decision is out of my hands. The FIA will make it based on safety grounds."

He held no fears about returning to driving.

"None whatsoever, I want to get back racing as soon as possible... everyone involved in the sport, the FIA in particular, is always working on improving safety for the drivers, but Formula One is a risky business. You know that as a driver, but you don't think about it. If you worry about things like that, you lose focus."

McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh said Kovalainen was "fighting fit."

"Our team doctor has kept an eye on him during the week both in Spain and... in Finland. There has been no development of any secondary symptoms, so everything is positive on that front," Whitmarsh said.

"Before traveling to Istanbul, we will organize a full neurological examination for Heikki with our specialists in Finland as a matter of course."

Whitmarsh said the FIA check would follow, and was routine after any concussion.


"Of course we have a plan in place should the FIA request Heikki sits this race out, but we have a race driver who is naturally impatient to get back out there."

However, the Briton said the team would respect the FIA's decision. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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