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Ralf pulls out of US Grand Prix 18 Jun 2005

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005 Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF105.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005 The damaged Toyota TF105 of Ralf Schumacher (GER)  after he crashed at the final corner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005 (L to R): Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota is checked over by Gary Harstein (USA) FIA Doctor after crashing at the final corner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005 Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF105 after crashing at the final corner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005

Zonta gets race call-up as FIA rule out German

Ralf Schumacher will not race at Indianapolis this weekend following his high-speed accident in practice on Friday. Toyota’s third and reserve driver, Ricardo Zonta, will take his place.

Schumacher, who fractured his spine in a not dissimilar crash here last year, went into the barriers in the banked final turn after a rear tyre failure. He climbed from the car unaided and after initial medical checks at the circuit and at the local Methodist Hospital, where he was also treated last year, said he would be fit to race.

However, after a further examination by FIA Medical Delegate Dr Gary Hartstein on Saturday morning, it was confirmed that the German would be allowed to take no further part in the weekend.

Schumacher is not thought to have sustained any serious injury and Toyota stressed his withdrawal was mainly a precautionary measure to avoid the risk of secondary concussion were he to have another accident. He is expected to make his race return at the next round at Magny-Cours in two weeks' time.

"This news is obviously very disappointing for myself and for the team," he said, after confirming he felt about 80 percent fit. "I wish the team all the best for the rest of the weekend and I'm confident that I will be back in time for this month's French Grand Prix."

Zonta last raced for Toyota in last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, one of his five appearances for the team in 2005.

"Yesterday's events mean this is not an ideal situation for the whole team, and I'm especially sorry for Ralf," said Zonta. "Of course I'm glad to be back with a chance to race the car, but on the other hand it's a very difficult situation.

"But I have been called up to race once before on a Saturday with a previous team so I will try to make the most out of the rest of the weekend."

Zonta's Formula One career started with BAR in 1999 and after a brief spell with Jordan he became Toyota’s third driver in 2003.