Schumacher Neck Injury Precludes Comeback


What Happens When Injuries Fight Back

— Michael Schumacher will not be returning to the cockpit of a Ferrari to replace Felipe Massa for the European Grand Prix at Valencia next weekend.  “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,” said the German in a statement on his website Tuesday.  The triumphant return has been canceled.  Luca Badoer, Ferrari test driver since 1998 who last drove in a race for Minardi in 1999, will instead replace the injured Massa at Valencia, according to Ferrari head Luca di Motezemolo.

It is not sure who is more disappointed, Motezemolo, Schumacher himself, or the fans who bought tickets expecting to see the 7-time world champion back in action.  The previously lackluster ticket sales for Valencia (as well as normal ones for Spa) increased tremendously when the Schumacher return was released.  Those fans are disappointed and angry, but ought not be terribly surprised.  One thing is certain, Schumacher’s manager (Willi Weber) is relieved.  His last-minute cancellations of return merchadise saved him thousands, if not millions, of euros that he would have lost when Michael did not return.  It was also a good indication that the return was not going to happen.

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3 Comments

  1. My theroy? He saw this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYyAA90drw0&fmt=22

    And decided to give up while he was still ahead!

    • Wow! Hamilton is truly talented, and the video is a useful reminder for his impressive achievements. I think he has the potential to become a legend, like Schumi… Time will tell.

  2. Cool site, love the info.


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