Schumacher, manager, deny Massa sub reports

Comments by Michael Schumacher's official spokesperson caused a stir on Tuesday, but both his manager and the seven time world champion himself insist he will not be stepping into injured Felipe Massa's Ferrari cockpit. Spokeswoman Sabine Kehm...

Comments by Michael Schumacher's official spokesperson caused a stir on Tuesday, but both his manager and the seven time world champion himself insist he will not be stepping into injured Felipe Massa's Ferrari cockpit.

Spokeswoman Sabine Kehm told the BBC that the 40-year-old German "will consider" replacing his Brazilian friend, even though talks with the Italian team have not taken place yet.

But Schumacher's manager Weber actually met this week with Schumacher in Geneva, and afterwards told both Britain's Daily Mail and the German news agency SID that a comeback can be ruled out.

"Whoever sits in the car at the next race in Valencia, it will not be Michael Schumacher. I am not 100 per cent sure; I am 200 per cent sure," he said.

And Schumacher himself told his favourite German magazine Bunte: "It does not make sense to talk about offers. My decision (to retire in 2006) stands."

It seems Ferrari's reserve driver Marc Gene is the first in line for Massa's seat, and the Spaniard is scheduled to test the F60 in a straight-line at the Vairano circuit on Wednesday.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Marc Gene , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari