Schumacher Wrecks Ferrari F430 Prototype on the Ring

 Schumacher Wrecks Ferrari F430 Prototype on the Ring
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 29, 2008 10:00 am By Brian Potter

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His son was in the car when he tested it? Great job messing with the perfect weight distribution, that's 30KG extra...
Jul 30, 2008 11:09 am
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why are they still testing a F430 Scuderia Prototype? new version coming?
Jul 30, 2008 6:14 am
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if that happened in the United States, he would have his child taken away by the state for being a bad parent
Jul 30, 2008 5:07 am
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Needs more bondo!
Jul 29, 2008 8:35 pm
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That..uh...That..uh, it'll Buff RIGHT out !
Jul 29, 2008 8:01 pm
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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 29, 2008 7:41 pm
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Gah, screw you Schumacher. It just HAD to be the Rare Scuderia. Oh btw, IT'LL BUFF RIGHT OUT!!
Jul 29, 2008 6:56 pm
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^its not like*
Jul 29, 2008 6:38 pm
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its not any of us would do a better job, stop hating and start appreciating!
Jul 29, 2008 6:37 pm
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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 29, 2008 5:55 pm
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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 29, 2008 5:53 pm
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Schumacher did'nt do it !!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30, 2008 3:27 pm
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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 29, 2008 5:37 pm
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His 9 year old son was in the car??? That´s irresponsible
Jul 29, 2008 5:21 pm
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well I wish I was :S
Jul 29, 2008 10:13 pm
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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 29, 2008 4:41 pm
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Jul 29, 2008 4:30 pm
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Wisp I agree, he was pushing the car to the limits and these things happen.
Jul 29, 2008 3:44 pm
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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 29, 2008 3:43 pm
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A damn Datsun is faster than that junk ROFL....
Jul 29, 2008 3:36 pm
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Looks like Ferrari is in a rush to beat the GTR and ZR1's Nürburgring lap time records...
Jul 29, 2008 3:29 pm
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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 29, 2008 3:25 pm
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