Schumacher Wrecks Ferrari F430 Prototype on the Ring

Michael Schumacher and son Mick in F430 Scuderia prototype
Michael Schumacher and son Mick in F430 Scuderia prototype / CarPix

We recently reported that seven time Formula One World Champion, Michael “Schumey” Schumacher helped complete final test stages of the new Ferrari California. With past development involvement with other notable Ferrari cars such as the Enzo and 599 GTB, Schumacher has become a permanent fixture as a Ferrari test driver on and off the track.

Last week Ferrari had exclusively reserved the Nürburgring for testing of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia prototype, and our spy photographer on the scene noticed it was Michael Schumacher driving. Also, as co-driver he had his son, Mick, who seemed to be enjoying some quick laps at the famous Nordschleife.

Our spy photographer states that an hour later the track was closed after an accident was reported by the 430 Scuderia at Schwedenkreutz. Some rumors quickly emerged that its was Michael's son Mick who was driving the vehicle, but this is highly doubtful since Mick is only 9 years old, track conditions were damp, we can clearly see his silhouette in the passenger seat and the F430 Scuderia proto hit the guardrail at 250 km/h (155 mph).

According to Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm, "Michael called me and said 'We have crashed the car but are going to continue with another one',"

Source: CarPix and F1-Live
Published Jul 29th, 2008 5:00pm By Brian Potter

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DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
His son was in the car when he tested it? Great job messing with the perfect weight distribution, that's 30KG extra...
Jul 30th, 2008 6:09pm
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M! M!
why are they still testing a F430 Scuderia Prototype? new version coming?
Jul 30th, 2008 1:14pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
if that happened in the United States, he would have his child taken away by the state for being a bad parent
Jul 30th, 2008 12:07pm
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Nurchus Nurchus
Needs more bondo!
Jul 30th, 2008 3:35am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
That..uh...That..uh, it'll Buff RIGHT out !
Jul 30th, 2008 3:01am
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unknown unknown
WCF is kinda late on news...it wasn't schumi driving! it was actually a veteran test driver from ferrari, although schumi and his son were in the car earlier, it wasn't them that crashed.
Jul 30th, 2008 2:41am
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Tuner_Mad Tuner_Mad
Gah, screw you Schumacher. It just HAD to be the Rare Scuderia. Oh btw, IT'LL BUFF RIGHT OUT!!
Jul 30th, 2008 1:56am
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bakrione bakrione
^its not like*
Jul 30th, 2008 1:38am
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bakrione bakrione
its not any of us would do a better job, stop hating and start appreciating!
Jul 30th, 2008 1:37am
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Voss Voss
You guys need to double check your sources... a 9 year old driving the car?!?!! The new Ferrari prototype?? Jesus how could you even print that?
Jul 30th, 2008 12:55am
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Voss Voss
Yeah, Ferrari are saying it wasn't Schumi, but another test driver Raffaele de Simone. They were in the car together when it went off. http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080729101919.shtml
Jul 30th, 2008 12:53am
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GranTurismo GranTurismo
Schumacher did'nt do it !!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30th, 2008 10:27pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
okay it wasn´t schumi then, it was some ferrari testdriver who wrecked the car, would have been surprised anyway http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/29/ferrari-schumacher-didnt-crash-the-prototype-scuderia/
Jul 30th, 2008 12:37am
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Paulds Paulds
His 9 year old son was in the car??? That´s irresponsible
Jul 30th, 2008 12:21am
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Pentium Pentium
well I wish I was :S
Jul 30th, 2008 5:13am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
IMO, easily one of the greatest drivers to ever grace a track. You can't hate on him, everybody makes mistakes, if they/he didn't they would be God. Although i do like to think of Schumie as "Lord of The Wheel".
Jul 29th, 2008 11:41pm
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Jul 29th, 2008 11:30pm
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Gumball Gumball
Wisp I agree, he was pushing the car to the limits and these things happen.
Jul 29th, 2008 10:44pm
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...sounds a little irresponsible as his 9 year old son was in the car when he hit the wall going 155 mph...
Jul 29th, 2008 10:43pm
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gorgonzola gorgonzola
A damn Datsun is faster than that junk ROFL....
Jul 29th, 2008 10:36pm
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Looks like Ferrari is in a rush to beat the GTR and ZR1's Nürburgring lap time records...
Jul 29th, 2008 10:29pm
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wisp wisp
Like Senna, Mansel and Montoya - Shumie drives on the limit as does Lewis hamilton so what's the big deal. Would you rather Mika Hakkinen who tip toes around the track drive this car...not a chance this guy is the real deal and Ferrari know that just the Shumie name mentioned in the same sentence as Ferrari boosts up their sales. This guy is the best marketing tool Ferrari have ever had besides Enzo.
Jul 29th, 2008 10:25pm
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Pentium Pentium
heheheh :D
Jul 29th, 2008 10:25pm
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