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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK


Schumacher delays F1 return

Michael Schumacher: Injury may rule him out for the rest of the season

Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher has admitted that he will be unable to take part in the next two grand prix's because the pain from his broken leg has made it "impossible to race"

The 30-year-old driver suffered the injury in a crash in July's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The two-time world champion was due to make his comeback at the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix on September 12.

But the German made the announcement he would not be competing after a 17-lap practice session in his F399 racer at Ferrari's home circuit, Monza.

Suffering pain

"I tried today, my leg hurt too much. It's impossible to race," said Schumacher.

"I made a test day today and the problems in my leg are too big to do a proper job and it is basically impossible for me to run more than five laps at the moment and especially on this circuit."

"After the first lap I already felt pain in the broken leg, and after five, the pain was almost unbearable. Thus I realized it was imposible to start in the next races."


[ image: Schumacher gives his fans something to cheer about]
Schumacher gives his fans something to cheer about
The announcement means that the German is also set to miss the European Grand Prix, in Germany, on September 26.

After the next two Grand Prix events, there are only two more on the calendar this year, Malaysia and Japan, both in October.

Schumacher admitted that he was uncertain whether he would return to racing in Formula One for the final two races.

'I'll help Eddie'

"Unfortunately, the condition of my leg worsened dramatically after the initial improvement," said the German.

"We'll decide a plan for the future where we take enough time in order to be back fit and properly prepared for the future, whenever that is."

Schumacher denied allegations that he was not returning because he did not want to help teammate Eddie Irvine win the title.

"I and Eddie Irvine have always driven for Ferrari and we've always driven in the interests of Ferrari," he said.





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