Schumacher: I just couldn't

2009-08-13 08:12

Geneva - Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher described his decision to call off his return to F1 as "one of the toughest moments" of his career.

The German, still suffering from pain after a motorcycle accident earlier this year, refused to discuss returning to the sport in the future and said that danger was part of his personality.

"This is a very sad moment for myself," the German told a news conference on Wednesday, one day after announcing that he would not be stepping in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa as planned.

"It's possibly one of the toughest moments I have faced in my career. 

Schumacher, who suffered fractures around the head and neck in the accident in February, had been expected to make his return at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on Aug. 23.

Ferrari have instead given the seat to experienced test driver Luca Badoer.

"We all know motorbikes have an element of danger but that is part of my nature, that is what I am. I jump out of planes, I ride motorbikes, I drive formula one cars," said Schumacher, who retired in 2006.

"Now I am disappointed I did it because it has stopped me from doing what I wanted to do."

In pain

Schumacher said that he found it easy to regain his fitness and that driving a F1 car felt natural. But the pain began to appear during a private F1 day at Mugello last week.

"Getting into the car and driving the car was pretty natural," he said. "I didn't find any problems in adapting to the sport but I found the pain around the neck was pretty tough, especially over bumps.

"We did everything... possible but it didn't work out.

"We have prepared very seriously, done as much as we could from our side but we always said that I would do the job on condition I was ready for it and sadly I couldn't fulfil this.

"I've just made a very tough decision and that's all I'm thinking about right now. I don't feel like thinking too much about the future."

His doctor Johannes Peil added: "I think it's possible for him to do a lot of sports.

"Further healing and training and therapy will show how extensively how he can get his best condition back (along with) the possibility of driving a motorbike, cars and F1."


  • warmaster - 2009-08-13 08:55

    LLLOOOOSSSEEERRR!!! always knew he was a big L.

  • Neels - 2009-08-13 09:31

    Damn, would love to see this man learn theach the other drivers REAL skills! MC STILL rules! @40!!!!

  • Wayne - 2009-08-13 09:43

    @warmaster - envy is a horrible thing. Your comments make me wonder what you've achieved in your life. Michael was and probably will be for a long time to come, the greatest F1 driver the sport has known. Whether you like him or not, there's no denying it.

  • JAP - 2009-08-13 09:44

    @warmaster. How many world titles do you have? You seem like the type of person that will never amount to anything and take joy out of other people’s misery. What a sad existence you must have……………..

  • Wayne - 2009-08-13 09:49

    @ warmaster. I would love to see you list your achievements before calling a 7 times champion a loser.

  • xyz - 2009-08-13 09:50

    Warmaster you are such a toss

  • Eric - 2009-08-13 10:04

    Dear warmaster If he is a loser what does that make you?

  • klikbek - 2009-08-13 10:19

    @warmaster: Check the scoreboard. Just how many titles did he win. Anything you have won recently?

  • leba - 2009-08-13 10:57

    Correct spelling of Warmaster: TOASTER. Toaster, your mother is calling - time for your bath.

  • RC - 2009-08-13 11:03

    Guys...this is what warmaster wants. You should have ignored his comment. Pity about Schumi...guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

  • George - 2009-08-13 11:09

    Warm-as(s)-ter, are you OK boet? Did you just awake from a 15 year coma. By the looks of all the comments you must be the big LLLOOOOSSSEEERRR!!!

  • ANDRE - 2009-08-13 11:53

    Schumi will not drive until he feels physically fit

  • carjack - 2009-08-13 12:29

    @Warmaster; dude you are a sick twisted jealous loser! be reminded that this a motoring fans discussion forum by wheels24 not bitterlosers24!!! I was waiting patiently to see schumi, kimi, lewis, alonso, vettel, webber, button and old barrichelo on the same grid! jus imagine the hype and the intensity!!

  • Milanored - 2009-08-13 13:13

    Most difficult decision of his career .. What carreer? His carreer has been history for more than two years know!!!

  • warmater - 2009-08-13 13:14

    I have 7 consecutive world titles in posting stupid comments in web sites, maybe the loser comment was not my best attempt, but I just came back from injury. and should have stayed in retirement.

  • Harold Potter - 2009-08-13 13:27

    @Warmaster, besides finishing 42 nd. at the recent Brakpan indoor Scalelectrix championship, have you achieved or won anything? You sound like a real miserable tosser.

  • F1 Maistro - 2009-08-13 15:15

    Schumager is the biggest overated cheat F1 has ever seen. 7 Championships right? only 2 of those were without cheating.

  • Dave Mel - 2009-08-13 20:54

    It's a pity, I was never a Schumacher fan but was looking forward to his temporary return.... gave a bit of excitement back to F1

  • Duke - 2009-08-14 09:02

    Pity Shumi can't make it back. Nevertheless, he remains the greatest ever.

  • Mr. BMW I6 - 2009-08-14 09:17

    There can only be one explanation for this: "NO TEAM ORDERS", that must have scared that loser back into retirement.

  • PeterD - 2009-08-14 23:09

    Hey "F1 Maistro", I guess you know all about cheating, that's why you still exist. First thing your mother should do, is to go ask your school fees back, because they obviously couldn't do anything for you there. They couldn't teach you to spell, and now it has become obvious that they could also not teach you to count. What a waste of time and effort you are, you oxygen thief!

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