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   Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 14:36 GMT
Ralf floored by back trouble
Ralf Schumacher
Ralf lasted just one lap of testing in Barcelona
Ralf Schumacher has been forced to abandon testing with the Williams team until next month due to back pains.

The German driver's spokesman said on Wednesday that Schumacher's back had seized up at the start of a five-day session in Barcelona.

"He had some back problems when he got into the car on Monday morning," said Tomas Hoffman.

"He had a strange feeling on the first lap he did and when he got out he couldn't really move."

Car launch

Schumacher, who finished fourth in the drivers' standings last season, stayed in Barcelona before returning home to Salzburg to see a doctor.

He is due to help launch the new Williams car in Barcelona on 31 January before resuming testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"Ralf felt much better afterwards but his back and neck are still very stiff at the moment," added Hoffman.

"His next test will be at the beginning of February and he will not miss any more testing than this week."

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