Schumacher’s return aborted

It’s all over folks! The dream of seeing Michael Schumacher race again is officially dead. He sustained a neck injury in a heavy crash during a motorcycle race months back and it is still giving him problems. Modern Formula 1 cars exert so much strain on the neck due to g-forces sustained when accelerating and heavy braking so it was a big risk for him to start with. Just to paint a picture of the braking power on these cars, I had once heard a comparison that when F1 cars decelerate from high speeds to a standstill, it is the equivalent of Mike Tyson punching you in the back of the neck. OUCH! Italian Luca Badoer, long time test driver, will be taking over Felipe Massa’s place in the short term.

Schumacher said “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. 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. That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula 1 yet. This 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.”

I’m gutted to be honest and no, I am not a Ferrari fan at heart. In a time filled with scandals, controversies and in-fighting between the teams, F1 truly needed Michael Schumacher’s return more than ever. An aura of  excitement was taking over the sport; fans and the general public were buzzing when they heard the news. That’s all over now… Till we dream again…

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