Michael Schumacher has ruled out returning to Formula One for Ferrari this year.
The German had been set to deputise for the injured Felipe Massa in yesterday’s European Grand Prix, but a persistent neck injury meant he could not race.
His replacement, Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer, qualified last and was the last of the finishers, too.
When asked by Italian television whether he planned to race again for Ferrari, Schumacher said: “No. I'm not thinking about doing any races. My life is ok.
“For the moment, I don't have any plans to start another attempt to come back.”
Schumacher’s doctors have said his injury could take up to two years to recover. By this time, he will be 42.
His spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said he had only agreed to come back for Ferrari because of Massa’s injury and he had never regretted his decision to retire.
Luca Badoer looks set to keep his race seat next weekend in Belgium, but he could be replaced for the rest of the season.