Michael Schumacher's spokeswoman has confirmed that the former seven time world champion will not be at the forthcoming Chinese and Bahrain grands prix.

Michael Schumacher's spokeswoman has confirmed that the former seven time world champion will not be at the forthcoming Chinese and Bahrain grands prix.

Following criticism of the 40-year-old German's apparent role in Ferrari's disastrous start to the 2009 season, it was speculated that the Italian team had decided to shelve his advisory role.

But Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's long time press spokeswoman, said the winner of 91 grands prix was never scheduled to travel to the forthcoming back-to-back races.

"Michael is not going to China because he is vacationing for a few days with his family. Internally (within Ferrari) it is known and has nothing to do with the first two races," she said.

Kehm also confirmed that Schumacher will similarly not be trackside at Bahrain in just over a week, insisting: "That was also never planned."

 

 

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