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Eddie Jordan believes Michael Schumacher's comeback U-turn is a big blow for Formula One, and an even bigger one for the Ferrari team.

Schumacher was to help out the Italian team by filling in for the injured Felipe Massa, but had to abandon the idea after failing to recover from a neck problem suffered in a motorbike accident in February.

Jordan, the former owner of Jordan Grand Prix which operated until 2005, said the German's decision is a major setback for F1.

"Lance Armstrong wouldn't compete in the Tour de France if he wasn't 100 per cent fit and Schumacher is exactly the same," Jordan said.

"But I am surprised it has taken this long (for him to make a decision). "He has the speed but not the ability to go two hours in a race with his neck after the accident.

"Ferrari would have had the best medical people on the case but he is not up to the job. We have been robbed because I wanted to see how he could cope with these young guys.

"And this is a huge setback for Ferrari. Schumacher needed to come back to inspire confidence and give them a boost, as the sport needs Ferrari.

"There are a number of drivers who won't get a drive next year and what's to say that Ferrari won't try to do a deal with (Renault managing director) Flavio Briatore as my information is that Fernando Alonso is going to Ferrari next year.

"Why don't they bring it forward? If I was Ferrari that is what I would do."

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