Michael Schumacher's manager has refused to rule out the possibility the seven time world champion might return to the wheel of a Ferrari test car in forthcoming months.

Michael Schumacher's manager has refused to rule out the possibility the seven time world champion might return to the wheel of a Ferrari test car in forthcoming months.

"Why not?" Willi Weber is quoted as saying by Sport Bild, having sat in the Geneva press conference this week when Schumacher and his personal doctor said a neck injury prevents the 40-year-old out from immediately replacing Felipe Massa at grands prix.

"Michael can now work in peace and without pressure on his fitness. Then we'll see," Weber added.

Schumacher's doctor Johannes Peil agrees that "test drives away from the public" would be a good next step should the German recover from his injuries enough to put a return back on the agenda.

Schumacher's father Rolf, meanwhile, told Bild-Zeitung newspaper that his son's serious test crash in February convinced him to put aside his motorcycle racing hobby.

"Michael told me he's not going to do any more bike racing," Rolf said, "which was pleasant to hear. Motorcycle racing is so much more dangerous than F1."

Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm, however, responded: "I do not believe that he is going to be racing very soon. But Michael doesn't want to rule anything out completely."

 

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