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Schumacher pulls plug on F1 comeback

August 11, 2009

HUNGARYA disappointing day for fans of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, with news that the German has had to call off his proposed F1 comeback.

As the seven-times world champion said on his website:

“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 (Massa). 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. That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula 1 yet. This 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.”

“Disappointed to the core” says it all, really. It has been a year of sporting comebacks, but this one was just not meant to be.

PHOTO: Michael Schumacher leaves a restaurant after visiting injured Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa, in downtown Budapest August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

 

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Michael was — and still is one of the greatest driversa — one of the greatest sportsmen of all times. It is good to see that he knows his minitations and doesn’t try the impossible. I wish him well — a fan — KC

Posted by KC DenDooven | Report as abusive
 

I’d agree with that, KC. He’s decided that discretion is the better part of valour.

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As much as I’d have loved to see MS back in F1, I’m kind of glad he didn’t come back. Regardless of reputation and some of the more questionable decisions he has made, he will always be an F1 legend. After 3 years out and at his age, there was a good chance he’d have struggled in the midfield runners and that would have tarnsihed the man when the rose-tints are already forgetting the more dubious side to his character. Let us not forget, the current Ferrari has won precisely zero races this year. Had it been the best car on the road, fair enough – add a few dozen WDC points and notcha cameo win. That was pretty much never on the cards.

The best sportsmen/women rise to the top, and in this case he has made the best sporting decision.

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