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Newz Forum: AUTO: Ralf Schumacher faces long break

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posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 11:08 AM
Ralf Schumacher will miss up to 12 weeks after tests showed he fractured two vertebrae in a spectacular crash at the U.S. Grand Prix. Schumacher won't be able to drive at the Formula One race at Magny-Cours in France on July 4 and will have to rest for eight to 12 weeks, his manager, Willi Weber said Wednesday.

Tests showed that Schumacher, the younger brother of world champion Michael Schumacher, had the fractures and a severe concussion stemming from a crash June 20 at Indianapolis.

Schumacher spun while going 198 mph and hit the wall backward on a punctured tire, caused by debris left on the track from an earlier crash. He was pinned in the wreckage of his car for three minutes before the safety crew pulled him out. Schumacher, in the midst of a disappointing season, crashed after suffering a puncture and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after being lifted out of the car.

Marc Gene is the most likely man to fill Schumacher's seat while he recovers, having driven in place of the German in Italy last year after another serious accident. Gene, a veteran of 34 GP starts, has raced at Magny-Cours twice previously, and has completed 13,000km of testing in the FW26 so far this season.


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