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Last Updated: Friday, 6 August, 2004, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Ralf to miss next two races
Ralf Schumacher crashes at the US Grand Prix
Schumacher's spinal injuries have not yet sufficiently healed
Ralf Schumacher will miss the next two Grands Prix because injuries he sustained in a crash at the US Grand Prix in June have not healed.

The German had hoped to make a return in Hungary on 15 August but has been ordered by doctors to sit the races out while two broken vertebrae recover.

A Williams statement said Schumacher's "convalescence continues well" but said it was "prudent" to wait for a return.

Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia will replace him for the second race running.

Schumacher's manager Willi Weber told Bild newspaper in Germany: "The two vertebrae are not yet as hardened as is normally the case.

"Another accident like the one in Indianapolis and Ralf could be made a paraplegic. Nobody could accept that."Schumacher said: "I feel good, but it's no doubt better for me to listen to the doctors."

Williams said there car would feature changes in Hungary, with a revised nose design.

A team statement said it was more "traditional" in appearance than the stub nose that has marked out the FW26 since the beginning of the season.

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