Much to the dismay of many, especially Bernie I presume, Michael Schumacher has called off his return to F1 as a substitute for Felipe Massa. This is a surprise to everyone but Grace as she called it on podcast #119. Actually she called it as a PR stunt and not a tenuous situation due to his neck injury but with prophecy like that; who’s counting.
It was going to be a terrific event but apparently the pain in his neck is too great to continue. It must be said that Grace’s Kiss-O-Death has struck out against the Schumacher return…let’s see how Badoer fares with the F60. He hasn’t driven in F1 in approximately 10 years so it will be intriguing to see how well he can perform and places Kimi squarely in the role of Ferrari’s main man.
“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,” he said.
“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,” added Schumacher.
“That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula 1 yet. These 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.”
This is a real let down for Ferrari and Schumacher fans but understandable if the pain is too great. I don’t subscribe tot he PR stunt notion because I think Schumacher really wanted to give this a shot but in the end, who knows? Maybe Grace was right. I wouldn’t put anything past Bernie Ecclestone. If the Renault penalty isn’t overturned, there is always a spot for Fernando. ;)