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Schumacher Cancels F1 Comeback Due To Injury


It will be interesting to see how Schumacher fares considering he is now 40 years old

It will be interesting to see how Schumacher fares considering he is now 40 years old

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Less than two weeks after shocking the F1 world with his comeback plan, Michael Schumacher shocked the sport's inhabitants again on Tuesday by calling it off. The 40-year-old German crashed a German Superbike during testing in February, but until now the details of his injury were not known.

"It was the most serious accident in Michael's motorsport career," his manager Willi Weber told the German news agency DPA on Tuesday. Schumacher later revealed on his website that the crash had caused fractures in the area of his head and neck.

But the sceptics also had a voice on Tuesday, one writing in Britain's Guardian newspaper that "only Michael Schumacher knows if the biggest hurt during a comeback would have been to his neck or his pride". Schumacher's younger brother Ralf hit back in the pages of Bild newspaper: "Fractures in the vertebrate are not something to be dismissed lightly."

The seven time world champion's decision also moved the conversation on to the next replacement for injured Felipe Massa: 38-year-old Italian Luca Badoer, who has been Ferrari's test driver for more than a decade.

Carlos Gracia, president of the Spanish motor racing federation, slammed the Maranello team's decision to overlook its other tester, Spaniard Marc Gene.

"It's an absurdity by the management of Ferrari," he said in the sports newspaper Marca. "Gene is better prepared and has just won the 24 hours of Le Mans."

Eddie Jordan believes the Schumacher news might compel Ferrari chiefs to try to bring forward Fernando Alonso's expected move to the Italian team.

"My information is that Alonso is going to Ferrari next year," the former eponymous team owner is quoted as saying by The Sun in Britain. "Why don't they bring it forward? If I was Ferrari that is what I would try to do."

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  1. Now this is going to be fun to watch!!!!!! I can't wait.
     
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  2. It will be good for the sport.
     
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  3. Tho I will enjoy to see shumy drive for farrari again, I disagree withe the teams descision to reinstate the great. Formula 1 is going backwards with this move and not allowing a younger driver to emerge and make a name for himself. Farrari needs to move forward and so does shumy. He had his time now it's some one elses. In my opinion
     
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  4. Holy Crap!!! I never expected this! Back for more? Oh boy. Like the frickin' Lance Armstrong of F1. Well, let's see if he can turn around Ferrari's current string of bad luck. I wonder if that means he won't be the Stig?(If that was even the case, which I doubt).
     
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  5. I hope he is up to the challenge! and in great time now that hamilton has won again....
     
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  6. Wow, never thought I'd see him return to racing. Though I guess Ferrari would be desperate to start winning again.

    Holy Crap!!! I never expected this! Back for more? Oh boy. Like the frickin' Lance Armstrong of F1. Well, let's see if he can turn around Ferrari's current string of bad luck. I wonder if that means he won't be the Stig?(If that was even the case, which I doubt).

    Nope, he isn't actually the Stig. He was only there to drive the FXX because Ferrari no doubt wanted to give it the best possible chance of smoking the lap time. Which it did, a lot more than I was expecting.
     
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  7. Omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg yyyyeeeeeessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I literally have chills running down my spine thinking about Schumacher racing against Hamilton for the first time. The greatest F1 driver of all time and quite possibly the greatest racing driver ever back in the sport he made me fall in love with in the first place.

    I really cannot explain how happy this makes me. I don't think I'd be any happier if I had the winning lottery numbers, honestly. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Holy crap i don't think i'll be able to sleep tonight. Watching the European Grand Prix(assuming he competes there) will be like Christmas. No, it'll be better than Christmas.

    :D
     
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  8. This should be interesting, especially to see him up against hamilton. other than that it should be good to see him back in f1.
     
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  9. It's great to see Shumacher back. But is sucks that its because of such a serious injury to Massa.

    Great comback story all in all. Makes F1 that little more interesting. With all of the headaches over the rules and all. Maybe it will be about the racing again.
     
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  10. It's great to see Shumacher back. But is sucks that its because of such a serious injury to Massa.

    Great comback story all in all. Makes F1 that little more interesting. With all of the headaches over the rules and all. Maybe it will be about the racing again.
     
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  11. WOW! this is going to be (yet another) wonderful season!! with Shumacher in the house... :)
     
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  12. WOw, that was some brilliant work by Bernie. Pretend to have Ferrari bring Schumi back right when F1 needs it most to boost viewing and sponsorship figures only to pull the rug surely after the tickets have been bought and the millions already pumped into the next few rounds of the season.
     
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  13. My first comment was when he was still uninjured... but now hope Shcuey does also recover from this accident.
    It would be a coup for Ferrari if they can quickly get Alonso's service though.
     
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  14. As much as I admire the guy and hoped he would come back for these races. I think it was all a publicity stunt. How could he not know he had a crook neck? He had been racing F1 long enough to know what was required in terms of neck strength to jump back into the car. Dissapointing. I still think he retired too early, probably had 1 or 2 more championships left in him.
     
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