Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Schumacher backs out of Formula One return

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has called off his Formula One comeback due to concerns over a neck injury.

Schumacher, a seven-time F1 world champion, had agreed to help out former team Ferrari and step in for Felipe Massa on a temporary basis after the Brazilian suffered head injuries at the Hungarian Grand Prix last month.

But the German has now abandoned the comeback after failing to shrug off an injury suffered in a motorbike accident in February.

Schumacher said: “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. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn't work out.”

Ferrari have named test driver Luca Badoer as Schumacher’s replacement for the European Grand Prix in Valencia on August 23.

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