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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Schumacher Delays Return to Racing




MONZA, Italy -- Michael Schumacher postponed his Formula One comeback after pulling out of a Ferrari test session Wednesday.


The twice former world champion said he would be out of action for a while. "I don't think I will compete in the next two races," he said.


Schumacher had been aiming to return at the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 12, next round of the world championship, after breaking his leg in a crash at the British Grand Prix on July 11.


His absence from Monza is now likely to extend to the European Grand Prix at Germany's N?rburgring circuit two weeks later.


Schumacher added: "There were problems in my leg. They are too big to do a proper job. Basically, it is impossible to drive properly at the moment.


"We will stop the testing today, consolidate, and I will have a meeting with my doctors on Sunday."


Schumacher said the conditions at Monza had made it particularly difficult for him.


He completed only 27 laps and recorded a best time of 1 minute 26.9 seconds.


"The bumps on this circuit and the curves on this circuit are pretty severe. It is pretty difficult. I had pain all the way through and you can't drive like that. I took painkillers but it did not really help."


World championship leader Mika Hakkinen covered 63 laps in his McLaren with a best of 1:25.90.


In spite of his decision, the German said he was still recovering at the rate his doctors had predicted.


Schumacher insisted his decision was not a step back. "After the surgery the doctor said I would not be back in the car for 12 to 16 weeks. Here I am after seven weeks. Maybe you can say it was too early, but we had to try. It is not a step back - we just must take more time."


Two world championship races remain after the European Grand Prix - in Malaysia on Oct. 17 and Japan on Oct. 31.