David Coulthard: Straight talk

What a shame my old mate Michael Schumacher isn't racing in Valencia. It would have been great, especially now Fernando Alonso's participation is confirmed

Michael Schumacher's comeback to Formula 1 has turned from one of the greatest stories of the year to the biggest non-event so far, and he must be very disappointed to be forced to pull out of his return to Ferrari in Valencia.

It was suggested to me during an interview on Radio Five Live that he'd pulled out because he wasn't quick enough – that's just ridiculous. He would only announce he was coming back if he truly expected to get behind the wheel and race again. Clearly, his old neck injury has given him some issues.

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