Michael Schumacher expressed his disappointment at not being able to race for Ferrari in this month's European Grand Prix in Valencia, but thanked the team for giving him their backing.
Schumacher agreed to step into the cockpit to replace Felipe Massa, who was left with serious head injuries after being struck by a spring off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix,
The 40-year-old injured his neck during a fall from a motorbike in February and has not recovered enough to sit in the Ferrari cockpit in just over 10 days' time.
“First of all I would like to express my regret that I have to be here, but my first wish is to thank the lads at Ferrari who have been extremely supportive and to whom I am extremely sorry,” he said. “I would also like to say a huge thanks to all the fans who have motivated and supported me.”