Schumacher laments aborted comeback.MICHAEL Schumacher Michael Schumacher (pronounced / admitted he was "disappointed to the core" after a neck injury thwarted his bid to return to Formula One. /, born January 3, 1969, in Hürth Hermülheim, Germany) is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion.
Schumacher, a seven-time F1 world champion, had agreed to help out former team Ferrari and step in for Felipe Massa Felipe Massa (born April 25, 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver, currently employed by the Ferrari team. He is under contract to race for Ferrari until the end of the 2010 season. on a temporary basis after the Brazilian suffered head injuries at the Hungarian Grand Prix This article is about Formula One race. For other uses, see Hungarian Grand Prix (disambiguation).
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But the German has now abandoned the comeback after failing to shrug off the injury suffered in a motorbike accident in February.
He will be replaced by Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer for the European Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. in Valencia on August 23.
It is a huge blow for Ferrari, in particular, but also the sport and there was no-one more disappointed than Schumacher himself.
He said: "I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn't work out."
Since announcing his intention to return, Schumacher has undergone a series of tests both on and off the track as he tried to prove he was able to race again after retiring at the end of the 2006 season. He reportedly posted strong times having driven Kimi Raikkonen's 2007 World Championship-win-ninFerrari at the Mugello circuit in Italy but the neck flared up again afterwards.
He added: "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. That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula One yet.
"As there were no improve-mentafter the day in Mugello, I decided to do a thorough examination. I am disappointed to the core."
Montemozolo was disappointed the audacious plan to reintroduce Re`in`tro`duce´
v. t. 1. To introduce again.
Verb 1. reintroduce - introduce anew; "We haven't met in a long time, so let me reintroduce myself"
re-introduce Schumacher to F1 had failed to come off, but he feels Badoer deserves his chance.
"I am very unhappy that a problem means that Michael cannot return to racing," Montezemolo said.
"His return would have been good for Formula One and I am sure it would have seen him fighting for wins again. I wish to thank him for the strong attachment he displayed for the team in these cir-cumstances."
Michael Schumacher was hoping to make a dramatic return to Formula One