• Aug 11, 2009
Ferrari was in with a bang, now it looks like the scarlet racers will be out with soggy whimpers: Michael Schumacher has canceled his F1 return due to lingering pain in his neck from a motorcycle accident earlier this year.

Schumacher has been testing in Ferrari's 2007 car at the company's private track in Mugello. After the first test, though, he found that the mere strain of driving aggravated the injuries from a crash he suffered in February while motorcycle testing at a track in Spain. At the time, although he went to the hospital, it was thought that everything was fine. Eventually fractures in his neck were discovered, and that is what is causing the problem now.

After laying its hopes on the 7-time world champion, Ferrari now chooses among its reserve drivers to pilot one of their cars in Valencia in 48 hours: Marc Gene or Luca Badoer – Gene's last F1 race drive was the 2004 British Grand Prix, while Badoer hasn't turned an F1 wheel on race day since 1999, at the European Grand Prix. This morning Ferrari head Luca di Montezemolo chose 38-year-old Badoer for the role.



[Source: F1 Live | Photo by Andy Hone/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      sad news.... many of my friends already have booked tickets for Spa to see him racing F1 the last time...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it was too good to be true
      • 5 Years Ago
      i get my hopes up and have them deflated just as quickly... still, good luck to Shummi in his future endeavors
      • 5 Years Ago
      "... driving is a pain in the neck." I had to laugh with this one, ahahhaahhaahahahahahahah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank god he doesn't suffer from hemorrhoids
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take your spam and GTFO!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that Michael's return would have been fun to watch. To bad it didn't happen. I'm not a fan of Michael but respect him as a great driver. I remember him best for trying to push Jacques Villeneuve off track and he ended up in the gravel with Jacques winning the championship in 1977.

      FYI: I'm a Crazy Canuck so my allegiance is with Jacques.
        • 5 Years Ago
        pssh, Canada
        • 5 Years Ago
        Erm ok, 1977, and Villeneuve can't hold a candle to Schumi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1997. Having a son of Gilles, the Ferrari legend in a Ferrari again would be a much better thing than having a test driver do the job
      • 5 Years Ago
      Horrible news. I just saw an advert on Speed touting his return to take on Braun that looked exciting as all hell. This would have been awesome for motorsport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just read on a French website that Ferrari has announced that it will Badoer

      http://www.lequipe.fr/Formule1/20090811_102415_badoer-remplace-massa.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's too busy filming season 14 of Top Gear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Michael Schumacher, I would like to introduce you to my friend Brett Favre.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I too like the title.

      I think it is something of a shame that Schumacher will not be returning - though I do recall a somewhat lacklustre few seasons when Ferrari and Schumacher just (well, pretty much) drove around winning everything. I still enjoyed this, but have been thrilled with the sport since Alonso beat him to the championship and since his retirement, the rise and fall of Hamilton, and of course this year.

      It will, however, be fantastic to see Luca Badoer back in the Sunday afternoon lineup - Valencia will be his first drive of the F60, apparently, and also his first drive of a Ferrari F1 car in a racing weekend. Not to mention his first race since 1999. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding it, the man has more than earned it, and it will be great to see.

      And as for the comment speculating on Michael "chickening out"... many things he may be, perhaps, but a chicken he is not. The man has incredible levels of bravery and confidence, though I would not begin to imagine anyone could face up to something without a touch of nerves. Besides that, he is a racer in the purest sense - I cannot imagine he would have walked away from such an opportunity willingly.
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