Video: Schumacher’s Apology

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It’s old news now but Michael Schumacher has decided not to stand in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. Schumacher held a press conference and explained his situation. The Telegraph has ran some video and a story of the event.

“First of all I would like to express my regret that I have to be here, but my first wish is to thank the lads at Ferrari who have been extremely supportive of me in this phase and to whom I am extremely sorry,” he told a press conference today.

“I would also like to say a huge thanks to all the fans who have motivated and supported me more than I could have dreamed of.”

“I was happy to drive and help our team with all the emotion and motivation that I have and with full engagement, but then it has not worked out,” he explained.

“It is only when a driver sits in such a Formula One car that you can gather the information on whether it is possible or not.

“We have not made a secret about my motorcycle crash and we said from the very beginning that we would check the situation with these tests in Mugello.

“The doctor told me before that this test would be decisive and obviously we needed a bit of time afterwards to see how it developed and only after that we could make a definitive analysis and answer.”

To his credit, he did say that the tests were designed to see if he could withstand the strains of a modern F1 car after being out of the seat for three years. The answer is not yet. However, many have speculated that we could see Schumacher later this year at Monza or even next year should Ferrari run a three-car team which would have to be approved by the FIA. If any more teams bow out of F1 such as Renault, Toyota or Red Bull/STR; this could be a real possibility.

Also, Eddie Jordan had told BBC radio that Felipe may surprise folks and be back before we know it given the pace of his healing.

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