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No comeback yet for Ralf 01 Sep 2004

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2004

German ruled out of Monza test and race

Williams' Ralf Schumacher will miss the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix, the team has announced. It will be the sixth race the German has been forced to sit out since his crash at Indianapolis in June.

Schumacher had hoped to take part in this week’s Monza test ahead of a race return at the circuit on September 12.

However, according to his official website, although he is fully fit to drive, insurance restrictions have ruled out a comeback until 12 weeks after his June 20 crash, meaning he must now wait until the Chinese Grand Prix on September 26.

“Ralf Schumacher will not take part in the forthcoming Monza test, and as a consequence, the Italian Grand Prix,” said the Williams team in a statement. “Ralf's recuperation continues well, and the German driver is expected to test after the Italian Grand Prix.

“Ralf' position in Italy will again be filled by Antonio Pizzonia, who performed strongly at the Belgian Grand Prix before being denied a podium finish by a mechanical failure.”

Schumacher damaged two vertebrae in his back after he crashed heavily at Indianapolis, nine laps into the United States Grand Prix on June 20.