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Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK

Schu made to wait

Michael Schumacher is carried off injured at the British Grand Prix

Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher will not compete in the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix - despite rumours of an early return from injury.

Instead he is exected to make his comeback in the Italian leg of the championship a fortnight later.

And it has also been announced that former Ferrari star, Jean Alesi, is to switch teams for next season.

German double world champion Schumacher suffered a double fracture to his right leg at the British Grand Prix in July.

A Ferrari statement said: "Michael Schumacher will be testing next week at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

"During the session, which will run from September 1-3, he will also simulate a race, with the objective of competing in the Italian GP."

Ankle pain

Speculation of an early return was rife after the German put in a demanding practice session aboard his F399 at Mugello last week.

[ image: Mika Salo: Ferrari drive at Spa]
Mika Salo: Ferrari drive at Spa
But a pain in his ankle following the practice prevented the German from completing his physical training programme.

The Italian team have decided to give Schumacher's stand-in Mika Salo another drive alongside world championship leader Eddie Irvine, before the race at Monza on September 12.

Ferrari are currently four points ahead of McLaren in the constructors' world championship and Irvine two in front of McLaren's defending champion Mika Hakkinen in the drivers' series.

Schumacher has 32 world championship points, 24 fewer than Briton's Eddie Irvine.

Alesi to join Prost

Alesi will join the French Prost motor racing team next season, according to French radio.

[ image: Jean Alesi: Ready to join Prost]
Jean Alesi: Ready to join Prost
Former world champion Alain Prost announced the move at the team's base, near Paris.

Frenchman Alesi said after the Hungarian Grand Prix that he would be leaving Sauber at the end of the year after a frustrating season.

Alesi has won just Formula One race in a 11-year long career, at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1995.

He joined Sauber last season from Benetton after earlier spells at Ferrari and Tyrrell.

Alesi is likely to replace Jarno Trulli and team up with compatriot Olivier Panis in the French team.

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