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GP Week : Issue 58
> F1NEWS> Shumacher test disallowed MICHAEL Schumacher will not be given special dispensation to test the Ferrari F60 before his planned comeback to Formula 1 at the European Grand Prix in two weeks time. Ferrari had written to all fellow F1 teams asking for the seven-time world champion to be allowed a one-day test in the new car in order to acclimatise himself with the new car, its KERS unit and adjustable front wing. However, staunch opposition from Williams and the two Red Bull teams, who all reasoned that if rookie Jaime Alguersuari had not been afforded the same chance then it should not be granted to the most successful F1 driver of all time, has meant that Ferrari’s request has been turned down. Ferrari has hit back against the teams who blocked the test saying that it did not object to Red Bull’s request to test Alguersuari. FIA President Max Mosley, however, said the decision not to allow Schumacher to test the F60 was correct. “If a 19-year-old driver such as Jaime Alguersuari may not test before his first race, then Massa travels back to Brazil FELIPE Massa’s recuperation following his horror crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix continues to impress doctors, with the Ferrari ace being allowed to fly home to Brazil to continue his recuperation last week. Massa conducted his first interview since the accident last Monday, with a webcast from the AEK hospital in Budapest, where he was taken 10 immediately after being stabilised at the Hungaroring medical centre, and where he remained until his release last week. Massa, who appeared sprightly and in good spirits and who sported a Ferrari cap which covered the injuries to the left side of his forehead and cast a shadow over his still inflamed left eye, said he could remember nothing of the accident. “Felipe has had a remarkable recovery,” Massa’s doctor Dino Altmann said. “We did a series of in-depth tests and the outcome is very encouraging so that we, together with the hospital’s medical staff, decided that it wouldn’t be currently necessary to further intervene from a surgical point of view. “The best thing for him now is to go back home, where he can calmly convalesce and rehabilitate.” you can’t make an exception for Michael Schumacher.” Schumacher has conducted tests at the wheel of Kimi Raikkonen’s championshipwinning Ferrari F2007, and worryingly is understood to have suffered with neck strain after the test. Questions over the 40-yearold’s ultimate fitness and suitability for comeback have naturally been raised.