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Sunday, October 3, 1999 Published at 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK

Season over for Schumacher

Double world champion Michael Schumacher will not race in the last two Grand Prix of the season, his Ferrari team has announced.

The 30-year-old German, recovering for a double fracture of his leg, is still suffering from a painful right knee injury.

He has missed five races already since his accident in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in mid-July.

"Michael Schumacher informed Ferrari he had decided not to race in the last two grands prix because he said he was not in a good enough physical condition," Ferrari said.

There had been speculation that the German would find it intolerable to have to help Ferrari's number two driver Eddie Irvine in his race to take the F1 world title.

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