Schumacher out for up to 12 weeks

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2004 , STUTTGART - Williams-BMW driver Ralf Schumacher will not race in this weekend's French Grand Prix and will have to rest for 8 to 12 weeks after his horror crash at the US GP on 20 June, the German's manager Willi Weber confirmed Wednesday. Webber said medical tests had shown that Schumacher had sustained a severe brain trauma and two fractured vertebrae in his spinal column in the crash. "According to the doctors, the healing process will take between 8 and 12 weeks, " said Webber. "When Ral

30 June 2004

STUTTGART - Williams-BMW driver Ralf Schumacher will not race in this weekend's French Grand Prix and will have to rest for 8 to 12 weeks after his horror crash at the US GP on 20 June, the German's manager Willi Weber confirmed Wednesday.

Webber said medical tests had shown that Schumacher had sustained a severe brain trauma and two fractured vertebrae in his spinal column in the crash.

"According to the doctors, the healing process will take between 8 and 12 weeks, " said Webber. "When Ralf can get back into a racing car is still unclear."

Schumacher said he hadn't expected to be told he couldn't race for anything up to three months.

"Yesterday's (Tuesday) diagnosis from the doctors was an absolute shock," said Schumacher, who celebrated his 29th birthday Wednesday.

"To be honest, I hadn't imagined my birthday in this way."

Schumacher spent the night in hospital after the crash at Indianapolis and has no recollection of the race. According to Webber, he will now be lucky to compete in the final two races of the season - the Japanese GP on 10 October and the Brazilian GP on 24 October.

He will definitely miss the British GP at Silverstone on 11 July, the German GP at Hockenheim on 25 July and the Hungarian GP on 15 August.

Schumacher is also extremely doubtful for the Belgian Grand Prix on 29 August and if he is to rest the full 12 weeks will also miss the Italian GP at Monza on 12 September and the Chinese GP in Shanghai on 26 September.

"What has happened, has happened. The injury is worse than previously thought. I just have to get over it," said Schumacher.

"Even if I naturally look forward to the time when I can once again sit in a car, it's important for me now to get well again."

Schumacher will be replaced by test driver Marc Gene at Magny- Cours this weekend and considering the German has had a disappointing season to date, amassing just 12 points, it remains to be seen whether team boss Frank Williams looks for a more permanent replacement.

DPA

Subject: German news

0 Comments To This Article