Schumacher to be at Valencia 'to support Badoer'

Michael Schumacher will travel to Valencia for this weekend's European Grand Prix, despite calling off his sensational Formula One return due to a neck injury. The 40-year-old German wanted to replace the injured Felipe Massa this weekend and ...

Michael Schumacher will travel to Valencia for this weekend's European Grand Prix, despite calling off his sensational Formula One return due to a neck injury.

The 40-year-old German wanted to replace the injured Felipe Massa this weekend and beyond, but Ferrari has instead had to turn to its long-time test driver Luca Badoer.

"Michael is (coming to Valencia) to support the team and Luca," Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm told Bild-Zeitung newspaper.

Badoer, 38, who last raced in F1 with Minardi in 1999, possesses the unwelcome record for having contested the most Grands Prix weekends - 56 - without scoring a single point.

Referring to Schumacher, he said last week: "Last night he called me a couple of minutes after Stefano Domenicali had told me the news and I know that he'll always be ready to give me some advice and he will shout for me."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Minardi