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Wednesday, October 13, 1999 Published at 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK


Schumacher denies pressure to race

Schumacher discovered he was fir during a Ferrari test session

Michael Schumacher has denied suggestions that Ferrari have pressurised into making his F1 comeback in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The German will race in the inaugrual GP in Kuala Lumpur, after a complete u-turn followed an earlier announcement that he was to miss the final two races of 1999.

Schumacher has not raced since breaking his leg at the British Grand Prix in July.

But the former double world champion said the decision to return for the final two races of the season was his alone.

"It is only yourself that can decide what you want to do," he said on arriving in Malaysia.

"I've seen the stories that I had a meeting with Luca di Montezemolo (Ferrari's president) who wants me to drive again.

"But I think I'm independent enough to take my own decision - I don't need anyone to make suggestions for me.

"For sure Luca asked me whether there was any chance I could change my decision not to drive, but it was all down to me."

'Lucky moment'

Schumacher explained that a test in preparation for next season had made him realise that his leg had healthed.

"It was a lucky moment for me. At that test I realised that I wanted to drive again and it felt very satisfying being able to drive a car without pain.

"I felt very comfortable and just wondered how I could change my decision and that's why I asked the team for another test."

Schumacher added: "It was better to change my mind and race than not race at all and I'm happy with the decision.

"I'm not going to be a 100% and I will just have to see how it goes, but I am coming back to win."





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