Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Irvine to be Released from Hospital

Saturday July 15th, 2000

Briton Eddie Irvine, who was forced out of the Austrian Grand Prix with stomach problems, will be released from a London hospital within 24 hours, a statement by his Jaguar team said on Saturday.

Irvine flew home from the grand prix on Friday with suspected appendicitis. Doctors in Britain have ruled out any surgery and he is expected to race in the German Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

"After undergoing extensive tests at a London hospital, doctors have stated that there is no immediate cause for concern over Eddie Irvine's condition after he was admitted to hospital on Friday suffering from abdominal pains," said the statement.

"Doctors have stated there is no need for Irvine to undergo any form of surgery at present.

"He will be released from hospital within 24 hours and return for further tests early next week. Irvine hopes to be back in the car for the German Grand Prix."

Irvine won the Austrian Grand Prix for Ferrari last year but has had a disappointing season with Jaguar. His replacement this weekend, Brazilian Luciano Burti, qualified 21st.

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