Wednesday, August 12, 2009

No Schumacher comeback. F1 shouldn't celebrate

Photograph: Luca Ghidoni/Getty Images

For days, it creates quite a buzz. People are about to see another second coming of a god, a racing god. Arguably, the greatest car racer the world has ever known has made a declaration late last month that he will make a comeback to replace the injured Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa. The most expensive and technologically advance sports in the world has been in a downturn both in popularity and controversy since Schumacher's retirement in 2006. The supposed return of the sports most celebrated racer excite not only racing enthusiast but general public as well. Except for F1 drivers, perhaps. He was supposed to race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August. But a freak motorcycle accident he suffered last February leave a painful injury on his neck. And the result, Schumacher called off his return from retirement:

"The consequences of the injuries caused by the bike accident in February, fractures in the area of the head and neck, unfortunately have turned out to be still too severe," said Schumacher. "That is why my neck cannot stand the extreme stresses of Formula One yet. These are the clear results of the examinations we did in the course of the past two weeks and the final examination [Monday] afternoon."

He added: "I am disappointed to the core. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret, it did not work out."

People who run, sponsored, and race F1 shouldn't celebrate. Though Michael is not like a noontime show host who has the guts to defy everyone of what a great loss he would be to local showbiz industry if challenge, Michael Schumacher could only be the answer for the revival of formula racing. But alas, it won't happen. Not anytime soon.

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