A matter of hours after Michael Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said that he would consider a return to F1 to replace the injured Felipe Massa, the German drivers manager Willi Weber has said he is '200 per cent' certain that the seven-time champion won't
make a comeback.
Kehm told the BBC
that Schumacher would consider any offers Ferrari
may make to replace Massa as he recovers from the injuries sustained in his Hungaroring
accident, but Weber moved quickly to dismiss the talk having held meetings with Schumacher in Geneva on Monday.
With Schumacher having not raced in F1 since retiring at the end of the 2006 season, Weber revealed that a return to the sport would be a gamble that is 'not Michael's style' and said that it wouldn't be Schumacher who lines up alongside Kimi Raikkonen
in Valencia for the European Grand Prix.
“Whoever sits in the car at the next race in Valencia, it will not be Michael Schumacher,” Weber told the Daily Mail
. “I am not 100 per cent sure; I am 200 per cent sure.
“The pressure on him would be huge. He would be expected to win, but he has not driven this car.
“When Michael was racing, he would get as close to perfection as possible. In this case, it would not be perfection; it would be a gamble – and that's not Michael's style.”
Weber's denial that Schumacher is out of the race to replace Massa comes on the back of the latest news from Budapest which has revealed that he could leave hospital as early as next week.
Although Massa's condition is still classed as 'life-threatening', the Brazilian's doctor admitted that the 2008 F1 runner-up was improving on a daily basis and spending more time awake having been brought out of a medically-induced coma yesterday [Monday].
“My expectation is that he would walk out of the hospital on his own,” Peter Bazso said. “If his recovery continues at this pace, I wouldn't rule out that he could leave within ten days.
“He's spending more and more time awake, talking to family and friends. I would like to point out that, although he's recovering, this is not the end of the story and he is still in a life-threatening condition. Of course, the danger is decreasing by the day.”