Ah well, it was a lot of fun while it lasted. After all was said and done, Michael Schumacher will not be standing in for the injured Felipe Massa in the European Grand Prix at Valencia after deciding that the after-effects of his recent neck injury, sustained tumbling from a racing motorcycle earlier in the year, were just too painful for him to contemplate making an F1 return.

Poor Michael, but poor Ferrari. And, now I come to think of us, poor Marc Gene, the Scuderia’s Spanish second test driver, who has been passed over for a drive on his home soil in favour of Luca Badoer. Also spare a thought for the poor spectators. Anybody who put any money down betting that Schuey would score points, or even win, on his return, will now be feeling as sick as a parrot.

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