Michael Schumacher Cancels Formula One Return

Billy SextonAnalyst IAugust 11, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - APRIL 03:  Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen in the Ferrari team garage during practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 3, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher has pulled out of his Formula One return due to neck injuries.

The seven-time world champion had previously stated that he would stand in for the injured Felipe Massa, but this is no longer possible due to the injuries he sustained to his neck whilst racing motorbikes back in February.

"I am disappointed to the core," Schumacher said. "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."

As expected, many fans across the globe are devastated that Michael will not be making a return to his beloved sport. 

Schumacher was undergoing some serious and intense training to get himself as fit as possible before the European Grand Prix on the 23rd August. He was unable to test the Ferrari F60 because three teams blocked the idea that he should be exempt from all others and have one day of in-season testing.

This leaves Ferrari with very little option of who to select to race Massa's car. With Schumacher failing to make a come back, it is expected that either Marc Gene or Luca Badoer, both of whom are current Ferrari test drivers, will get the seat.