International Media Reacts to Schumacher's Cancellation

Now that Michael Schumacher held an official press conference to explain the reasoning behind his cancellation of F1 return, the international media can begin speculation. Although he was quite clear on his reasons – being physically unfit and all – several voices hinted that the 40-year old ace was actually afraid of making a foul out of himself at his comeback.

The British media was the first who started this speculation, questioning Schu's medical-related motives. However, today's headlines were more soft on Schu's decision, limiting themselves only at evaluating the shock it caused inside the F1 paddock.

Schuey in shock, F1 U-turn,” was how The Sun newspaper decided to open their Motorsports section on Thursday. The Times also pointed out that “the concern of his wife and the advice from his doctor, who has been by his side for the past 8 years, have ended his F1 dream.”

The racing legend says No to Formula One comeback,” added The Daily Mail.

The Spanish newspapers also joined the international media in “mourning” Schumacher's failed comeback, especially since Valencia was to become the first venue to see the former 7-time world champion at play. With more than 10,000 tickets selling following Schumacher's initial announcement, the fans will surely come to the European Grand Prix having the impression that something will be missing.

Valencia won't get to see the Kaiser,” pointed out El Mondo newspaper, while AS insisted that “the Spanish crowd will feel cheated after Schu's cancellation. He announced his comeback without reviewing his medical condition in the first place.”

The Italian media, however, is still hopeful Schumacher's decision is not final. As the German confirmed himself, he did not want to make any statements regarding a potential comeback later this year, as he only admitted he is not ready for racing RIGHT NOW.

There are still hopes for Monza,” wrote Tuttosport, while Corriere dello Sport reminded everyone that Schumacher is not the Superman everybody believed him to be: “There's nothing he can do: The big comeback falls out. This was the definitive proof: even Schumacher is just a man!

Schumi capitulated. His motorcycle crash was fatal. (...) Ferrari has missed the last chance in a season to forget,” concluded La Repubblica.
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