Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher today announced that he will not be making a sensational return to the sport because of a persistent neck injury sustained from a motorcycling crash in February earlier this year.
Schumacher said “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. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible. However, much to my regret it didn’t work out” he continued.
The 7 time world champion, who won 91 races in 250 starts, was hoping to replace the injured Felipe Massa for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season.
The German was understandably disappointed not to be able to return to the sport that he once ruled “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.”
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo thanked Schumacher for attempting the comeback and said “I am very unhappy that a problem means that Michael cannot return to racing. No doubt his return would have been good for Formula 1 and I am sure it would have seen him fighting for wins again.”
“In the name of Ferrari and all the fans, I wish to thank him for the strong attachment he displayed for the team in these circumstances.” Montezemolo concluded.