Thursday, August 13, 2009

BREAKING : Michael Schumacher cancels temporary return to Formula One, so Luca Badoer to fill-in for rest of season!

We were all excited when the news came in, that Ferrari's 7-time Formula-One champion Michael Schumacher will make a return to F1, to replace the injured Felipe Massa for rest of season until Massa recovers from his 120 mph crash. However, Schumacher had yet to go through F1's check-up routines, to see if his body can still handle all the F1-car's g-force and speed. Well, guess what? Schumacher couldn't pass the test!

Due to his neck injury, back in February of this year when he was racing a motorcycle, Michael Schumacher couldn't pass the check-up, and therefore, wouldn't be able to race in Formula-One. So Schumacher announced that he's sorry he can't step in for Massa. “The consequences of the injuries caused by the bike accident in February, fractures in the area of head and neck, unfortunately have turned out to be still too severe,” Schumacher said. “I am disappointed to the core. I am awfully sorry for the guys of Ferrari and for all the fans which crossed fingers for me,” Schumacher said.

The F1 Ferrari Team though, got the replacement immediately. He's a senior test driver for Ferrari road-cars, Luca Badoer. Although he's 38-years old, and hasn't been in F1 since 1999, Badoer fits the job. Body wise, Ferrari say that he's perfectly fit, and he'll sustain them in F1 as in driving wise. “Since I’ve been a child I always wanted to race for Ferrari and now I’ve got the possibility to make this desire come true,” Badoer said. “I’m really sorry for Michael, because I know how much he wanted to return: I’m saying that as his friend and his fan.

So, expect to see Badoer racing car #3 with Ferrari F1 Team in the European Grand Prix on August 21-23 in Valencia, Spain.

Source : [Ferrari via F1-Live]

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