Ralf Schumacher has failed a fitness check and will not participate in a test session for Williams-BMW at Monza today. As a consequence, the German will miss next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

Ralf Schumacher has failed a fitness check and will not participate in a test session for Williams-BMW at Monza today. As a consequence, the German will miss next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.


The German cracked two vertebrae when he crashed out of the United States Grand Prix in June and has missed the last five Grands Prix waiting to recover.


However after medical checks at the Bad Nauheim sports injury clinic on Tuesday, doctors said Schumacher was not fit enough for testing at Monza from Wednesday to Friday.


Schumacher's earliest next outing might be the Chinese Grand Prix, the 16th of the 18-race world championship.


Schumacher, who will leave Williams to join Toyota at the end of the season, has scored 12 points for his current team in nine races but the car has improved significantly since he was forced out.


If Ralf’s recuperation continues as aspected, the German driver is expected to test after the Italian Grand Prix. Test driver Antonio Pizzonia, who performed strongly at the Belgian Grand Prix before being denied a podium finish by a mechanical failure, will continue to substitute the German driver in Italy.