Michael Schumacher Cancels F1 Comeback
Michael Schumacher has made the unprecedented step of cancelling his Formula One comeback after he claims to be suffering from neck related problems.
The German 7 time world champion was announced as being Felipe Massa’s substitute driver after the Brazilian was forced to miss the Hungarian GP after an accident in qualifying. So severe was this accident, he has only recently left hospital and returned home in Sao Paolo.
Schumacher had a motorbike incident in February which caused him some neck problems, and after testing an F2007 Clienti machine he found his neck unable to withstand the G-Forces put upon it.
Its a bitter blow for the German, and for his legions of fans and adversaries who were looking forward to the return of the “meister”. Indeed ticket sales for the otherwise unloved Valencian race skyrocketed, but many will be left feeling mis-sold and disappointed.
“Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and team principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I’m not able to step in for Felipe,” he said.
“I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn’t work out. Unfortunately we did not manage to get a grip on the pain in the neck which occurred after the private F1-day in Mugello, even if medically or therapeutically we tried everything possible.”
“The consequences of the injuries caused by the bike-accident in February, fractures in the area of head and neck, unfortunately have turned out to be still too severe,” added Schumacher.
“That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula 1 yet. These are the clear results of the examinations we did on the course of the past two weeks and the final examination yesterday afternoon.
“As there were no improvements after the day in Mugello, I decided at short notice on Sunday to do that thorough examination already yesterday.
“I am disappointed to the core. I am awfully sorry for the guys of Ferrari and for all the fans which crossed fingers for me. I can only repeat that I tried everything that was within my power. All I can do now is to keep my fingers crossed for the whole team for the coming races.”