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And what does a race-winning Ferrari driver want for lunch?ABC’s Gary Ritchie asks these and more questions at this week’s F1 AMA.
The world champion will be making his first race-day appearance since a serious back injury.
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How long does it take for a car to be back on the track?
Kimi was on the grid for the first time on September 16, and his first qualifying session was his first since the injury.
The Australian was not involved in the first two races of the season, but Ferrari’s medical team told him to have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that he suffered on the first day of the Italian Grand Prix.
“He had a good week and it’s very good news that he’s back on track,” Ferrari driver Sergio Marchionne said.
“I think he’s got some good days in front of him in the next couple of weeks.”
We’re expecting him to do a lot of work at the start of the second half of the year.
“His work rate is a good indication of how well he’s going.”
How important is the team?
“It’s a good question,” Marchionn said.
“We are not going to put a lot on him.
He is a Ferrari driver.
He has a very good team.
It’s a very positive story.”
How long is the recovery period for a damaged ACL?
“I don’t think he will be back for another month,” Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said.
He added: “There are no other major injuries that can affect his ability to drive and so we will wait until after he is ready to start racing to see if he needs surgery.”
The recovery period will be six to nine months.
We’re hopeful it will be a very quick recovery.
“Will Kimi be able to race in the second race?”
We’ll see,” Arrivabsen said.
Ferrari’s other drivers have had some setbacks.
Sebastian Vettel has missed the start to the Spanish Grand Prix because of an ongoing knee injury, and Nico Hulkenberg missed his maiden race in Australia after he suffered a serious ankle injury.
Arrivabsens team will be looking for a more experienced driver to take on Hulkingberg, who has a long history of reliability.
Who is the favourite for the Ferrari title?”
The team is very strong,” Marchionse said.
It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the calendar looks.”
What can fans expect from Kimi?
“You know, we’ll be watching out for him,” Marchione said.