Mark Webber believes that he has now had the last operation he will require on the leg he broke during the 2008 edition of his eponymous adventure race.
The Australian, who joined an all-star field for the 2012 edition of the race two weeks ago, had the final piece of supporting metalwork removed from his right leg during a planned operation on Friday, and is now resting up ahead of his 2013 season preparations.
"Hospital trip planned a while back," the 36-year old confirmed on Twitter
over the weekend, "I needed further surgery from previous injury. All good and on the mend."
A subsequent tweet showed the bandaged leg complete with the rod that was removed during the operation.
“Home and feeling great,” Webber wrote, “Last bit of metal out of my lower leg. Feeling lighter already.”
Having made enough of a recovery to be able to compete in the 2009 F1 season – his first alongside Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull – Webber raced with the metalwork in his leg throughout his 2010 title bid and both the subsequent 2011 and '12 campaigns. He will return to the Red Bull line-up for 2013, having inked another one-year extension to his deal during the summer.