Deep finger cut hampers Klien

Updated: June 25, 2004, 3:13 PM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- Jaguar is confident Austrian Christian Klien will be able to race in next week's French Grand Prix despite slicing a finger in a freak accident.

The Formula One rookie pulled out of testing in Barcelona on Thursday after the mishap in the team's garage.

"In an effort to cool himself, Christian picked up a brake duct cooling fan but unfortunately let the forefinger of his right hand slip through the protective grill," said team spokesman Nav Sidhu.

"The top of his finger was sliced quite deeply but not as far as the bone itself. It is quite a substantial flesh wound and cannot be simply stitched together," he said, but added that it should have healed in time.

Australian teammate Mark Webber replaced Klien in testing on Friday.

Klien has yet to score a point in nine races with Ford-owned Jaguar, who are ninth out of 10 teams in the constructors' championship. The French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours is on July 4.