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Schumacher Pulls Out of F1 Comeback

August 11, 2009

Michael Schumacher will not be returning to F1 to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari, due to the injuries he suffered earlier this year, it was announced today.

The German told the team last night, and it was announced this morning, that the injuries he suffered to his neck following a motorcycle accident in February are still too severe to cope with the pressures that will be put on his neck in Formula One.

Schumacher said on his website that he’d tried everything possible to make a temporary comeback to stand in for Massa. He said: “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.”

The injury to Schumacher’s neck flared up again following testing of the F2007 at Mugello last week.

Schumacher was set to take Massa’s place at the European Grand Prix later this month, instead, the Brazilian will be replaced at Ferrari by test driver Luca Badoer, who told the team’s website that despite always wanting to drive for Ferrari, he is upset that Schumacher will not be making a comeback.

He said: “I’m really sorry for Michael, because I know how much he wanted to return: I’m saying that as his friend and his fan.” He added: “I know that he’ll always be ready to give me some advice and he will shout for me.”

Badoer has been test driving for the team since 1998.

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