Michael Schumacher cancels temporary return to Formula One

Michael Schumacher has cancelled his much anticipated comeback to Formula One due to neck injuries from a motorcycling accident earlier this year. The 7-time world champion was scheduled to fill in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

Schumacher, 40, said that he informed Ferrari officials on Monday that he will not be able to 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. “That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by Formula One yet.

Schumacher retired at the end of the 2006 season.

“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.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: ESPN