Schumacher cancels comeback
Schumacher had been tempted out of retirement by Ferrari to replace Felipe Massa after the Brazilian suffered a fractured skull and brain concussion at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn't work out. I am awfully sorry for the guys of Ferrari and for all the fans which crossed fingers for me. I can only repeat that I tried everything that was within my power," Schumacher said.
However Schumacher has now admitted that a neck injury, caused by a bike accident, will prevent him making a remarkable comeback to the sport.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said, "I was saddened by the news but was full of praise of Schumacher's efforts to return. I am very unhappy that a problem means that Michael cannot return to racing. In the past few days, I could appreciate his great efforts and extraordinary motivation which had spread through the team and fans around the world. No doubt his return would have been good for Formula One and I am sure it would have seen him fighting for wins again. In the name of Ferrari and all the fans, I wish to thank him for the strong attachment he displayed for the team in these circumstances."
Speaking on his official website, the 40-year-old confirmed: "Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and team principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I'm not able to step in for Felipe.