No Hungary or Belgium for Ralf Schumacher

No Hungary or Belgium for Ralf Schumacher

Although he was impatient to get back in a Williams, Ralf Schumacher will not be making his return at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher was with the team as a spectator at Hockenheim and expressed a desire to back in the cockpit for ...

Although he was impatient to get back in a Williams, Ralf Schumacher will not be making his return at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher was with the team as a spectator at Hockenheim and expressed a desire to back in the cockpit for Budapest.

Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

However, his manager told the German press that Schumacher is not yet recovered enough from his cracked vertebrae and has taken medical advice not to race. According to Williams, he will not compete in Belgium either.

"Ralf's bone was measured and it was found that the two broken vertebrae are not yet as hardened as would normally be the case," Willi Weber told Bild. "Another accident like Indianapolis could make Ralf a paraplegic. Nobody could accept that."

Schumacher was expected to take at least eight weeks recovery time, perhaps even as long as 12 weeks, and Hungary is only a seven weeks since his crash at Indianapolis. He will now have to wait until Monza, if not longer.

Williams has used both test drivers as a stand in for Schumacher. Marc Gen? raced in France and Britain and Antonio Pizzonia in Germany. The team has confirmed that Pizzonia will be the second race driver for Hungary.

Williams has used its allowance of four drivers per year but it's been reported that the FIA may decide Gen? can be discounted, on the grounds that it was not a free choice by the team to change drivers, but a case of force majeure after Schumacher was injured. If that is the case, it would give Williams the option of using another driver.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia
Teams Williams