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Mark Webber says pain of surgery 'a thing of the past'

F1 high flyer Mark Webber.
F1 high flyer Mark Webber. Contributed

MARK Webber is set to drive pain free for the first time in four years in this season's Formula 1 driver's championship.

Webber has revealed he had a 40cm titanium rod removed from his right leg last month while on holidays in Australia.

The rod was inserted into his leg after he collided with a car while riding a mountain bike in his own multi-sports challenge event in Tasmania in November 2008.

"The surgery went very smoothly and my recovery was exceptional," he said.

"I had a few weeks off from my normal training schedule, but I was able to ease myself back into it by the first week of January and now I'm back into it properly.

"I didn't really know what to expect from having it removed, apart from my own peace of mind, but I'm very happy that some of the niggles and pain I've sometimes experienced with my training already seem to be a thing of the past."

Webber is back in Europe ahead of the launch of his new Red Bull car on Sunday.

He has a new race engineer in Simon Rennie (formerly with Lotus), the Aussie saying he was expecting "another exciting and challenging season ahead".

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