Michael Schumacher cancels F1 comeback


Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has cancelled his plans to return to Formula One because he has not recovered from a neck injury he sustained in a motorbike crash earlier this year.

“I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn’t work out,” he said in a statement on his official website.

“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 40-year-old German had been expected to drive for Ferrari at the European Grand Prix at Valencia on Aug. 23, standing in for Felipe Massa as the Brazilian recovers from a fractured skull.

It is not clear who Ferrari will now slot in as the substitute for the injured Massa, with the team having little more than one week to find a suitable driver.