Aug 11 2009 @stuartflatt

Michael Schumacher has called off his F1 return due to injury. After we broke the Schumacher return story a few weeks ago. Schumacher felt discomfort in his neck following a practice day in a 2007 Ferrari and has since been unable to practice. The injury is thought to have been from a motorbike accident suffered back in February this year.

Michael posted on his website;
“Unfortunately we did not manage to get a grip on the pain in the neck which occurred after the private F1-day in Mugello,”

“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,”
he added.

“That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by F1 yet. These are the clear results of the examinations we did on the course of the past two weeks and the final examination on Monday afternoon. As there were no improvements after the day in Mugello, I decided at short notice on Sunday to do that thorough examination on Monday.”

The 40-year-old, set to return for the injured Felipe Massa in Valencia on 23 August but has not raced in F1 for three years. He won five championships with Ferrari and has been working as a consultant for the F1 team.

This could leave Ferrari with a bit of a problem, with less than 2 weeks until the next race. Test drivers Marc Gene and Luca Badoer have not raced since 2004 and 1999 respectively and now time may be too tight for them to get back in the hotseat.

It is possible that recently released drivers Sebastien Bourdais or Nelson Piquet could be in for a shock return to F1.

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