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Ferrari planning to substitute Schumacher for Massa


Ferrari announced on Wednesday that they plan to draft in Michael Schumacher to replace the injured Felipe Massa at forthcoming Grands Prix, until the Brazilian is able to race again.

The seven-times world champion, who retired from Formula One racing at the end of 2006, will undergo a special training programme over the next few days to confirm he is fit enough to compete in next month’s European Grand Prix.

"The most important thing first: thank God, all news concerning Felipe is positive,” said Schumacher. “I wish him all the best again. I was meeting this afternoon with (Ferrari team principal) Stefano Domenicali and (chairman) Luca di Montezemolo and together we decided that I will prepare myself to take the place of Felipe.

“Though it is true that the Formula One chapter has been completely closed for me for a long time, it is also true that for reasons of loyalty to the team I cannot ignore this unfortunate situation. But as the competitor I am I also very much look forward to facing this.”

Schumacher has not driven Ferrari’s current F60 in anger and last tested for the Italian team, with whom he won five world titles, back in April 2008.
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Let's hope that they give him a car to match his unrivaled talent.

This has got to be good news for Brawn, as they look like throwing away the constructors championship and drivers championship now that Red Bull are on form. With the new and improved Ferrari and McLaren fighting for podiums again, Red Bull might not get enough points to haul back the difference.

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I hope that he is able to compete, he was always a joy to watch.

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Let's hope that they give him a car to match his unrivaled talent.

This has got to be good news for Brawn, as they look like throwing away the constructors championship and drivers championship now that Red Bull are on form. With the new and improved Ferrari and McLaren fighting for podiums again, Red Bull might not get enough points to haul back the difference.

any car he is in will be competative: kimi? taking notes

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Let's hope that they give him a car to match his unrivaled talent.

This has got to be good news for Brawn, as they look like throwing away the constructors championship and drivers championship now that Red Bull are on form. With the new and improved Ferrari and McLaren fighting for podiums again, Red Bull might not get enough points to haul back the difference.
Be interesting to see if Kimi is now able to put together a string of good drives as well.
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Be interesting to see if Kimi is now able to put together a string of good drives as well.
He's got the talent, but has he got the desire? Everyone knows Alonso is having his seat next year, with him off to compete in the Finnish Rally and tipped to be driving in WRC in 2010 if the Finnish Rally goes well, I wouldn't bet on him not putting his car into a barrier in Valencia

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He's got the talent, but has he got the desire? Everyone knows Alonso is having his seat next year, with him off to compete in the Finnish Rally and tipped to be driving in WRC in 2010 if the Finnish Rally goes well, I wouldn't bet on him not putting his car into a barrier in Valencia
You can never safely bet against Kimi finding a wall......

If Massa can not make it back for 2010, the Ferrari line up could be Alonso and Kimi.....
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You can never safely bet against Kimi finding a wall......

If Massa can not make it back for 2010, the Ferrari line up could be Alonso and Kimi.....

or Alonsa and Kubica? They are very good friends and Kubica needs a drive next year.

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It's so awesome - I can't wait to see him back in the seat.

Interesting that 2009 seems to be the year of the comebacks. Tom Watson, Lance Armstrong and now Schumi
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I agree, can't wait to see him return. Valencia will be great.
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The news was confirmed on MS's private website yesterday, so yes, he is driving. As for Kimi, he has not been interested in driving for the past 18 months so I can't see him going back on his decision to stop. He's a lazy so-and-so and he's got all the money he needs, so why put in hard work when you can party 365 days a year?

If Massa can't return for 2010, then that leaves an interesting battle for the second seat. I think that Vettel has got a great package at Red Bull but nevertheless - if Ferrari make him the right offer, he could be tempted. He would be my favourite choice. But Kubica is very talented and a nice guy as well, and I would not mind him in the team.


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I agree on the Kimi sentiment. Kubica has indicated that he might be interested in moving to WRC. It would be a loss. I would love to see either Vettel or Kubica in a Ferrari. That said, Alonso seems a decent bet and I think he would be good for the team as well.
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Schumacher is fantastic, no question about. But honestly I fell like he can only loose when coming back. I fully understand his motivation, but honestly, if he does great...then everybody expected it so. If he does not.....well, the risk is on a negative surprise. Lets hope he will be fine.
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Schumacher is fantastic, no question about. But honestly I fell like he can only loose when coming back. I fully understand his motivation, but honestly, if he does great...then everybody expected it so. If he does not.....well, the risk is on a negative surprise. Lets hope he will be fine.
Fully agree but for Ferrari he is the perfect choice. Schumi knows the car (with the ban on in-season testing, anyone brought in from the outside would only get to drive it for the 1st time on the Friday before the race) and no matter how well he does, it will not create a controversy when Massa is ready to return (which could be the case if you brought in someone like Bruno Senna and he won a few races).
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Schumacher will be so strong by Monza, he will be kicking the F60 into shape, Felipe is on full mend for 10', Kimi is off to WRC, there is an option contract for Alonzo that needs to be exercised, Ferrari will decline, if Schumacher finishes 09' strong the 10' will be Schumacher/Massa, much of this is due to chaois in Schumachers personal life. Schumacher has been looking for a way to get back in.

Most of this info comes from contacts in Torro Rosso and Ferrari engine dept from the floor in Maranello. All has been standard knowledge since Monaco, except for Massa's incident.

Otherwise Alonzo is in, Kubica has had second seat at McLaren since Aprill, it was Sutil or Rosberg to Renult, but looks like after Spanish races are done they will follow Honda, BMW, and likey Toyota out of F1.

McLaren is having tons of cost and sponser problems. Force-India or USF1 may be best funded teams on grid for 2010.

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Schumacher will be so strong by Monza, he will be kicking the F60 into shape, Felipe is on full mend for 10', Kimi is off to WRC, there is an option contract for Alonzo that needs to be exercised, Ferrari will decline, if Schumacher finishes 09' strong the 10' will be Schumacher/Massa, much of this is due to chaois in Schumachers personal life. Schumacher has been looking for a way to get back in.

Most of this info comes from contacts in Torro Rosso and Ferrari engine dept from the floor in Maranello. All has been standard knowledge since Monaco, except for Massa's incident.

Otherwise Alonzo is in, Kubica has had second seat at McLaren since Aprill, it was Sutil or Rosberg to Renult, but looks like after Spanish races are done they will follow Honda, BMW, and likey Toyota out of F1.

McLaren is having tons of cost and sponser problems. Force-India or USF1 may be best funded teams on grid for 2010.

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It all sounds very believable and highly possible given that the major manufacturers are looking for a way out. I can't see Renault or Toyota being in F1 next year. If that is the case, who will supply engines to Red Bull and Williams? - Cosworth, Mercedes? I can't see Ferrari giving their engine to the Red Bull A team, Torro Rosso is Ok because it's no threat to Ferrari.
It's long been rumored that Santander will be sponsoring Ferrari in 2010 - the Alonso connection again. I really hope that Schumi does stay on for 2010 and he gets the seat instead of Alonso.
It will be interesting to see if the FIA grant licences to 3 other new teams if 3 of the remaining teams pull out at the end of 2009. I would like to see the Lola and Lotus names return to F1, even if they are not the original owners or teams.

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I too would love to see the names of Lola and Lotus and others back in the sport. For drivers, Alonzo was the key, with Shumi back-he's the key, and that depends on performance and the team. Kubica is also in demand, but he's tall. As for engines, I do keep hearing Cosworth everywhere, from
Force-India all the way up to Red Bull, I did get a texted from a track yesterday about a possible Sauber-Ferrari on the grid next year?????

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It all sounds very believable and highly possible given that the major manufacturers are looking for a way out. I can't see Renault or Toyota being in F1 next year. If that is the case, who will supply engines to Red Bull and Williams? - Cosworth, Mercedes? I can't see Ferrari giving their engine to the Red Bull A team, Torro Rosso is Ok because it's no threat to Ferrari.
It's long been rumored that Santander will be sponsoring Ferrari in 2010 - the Alonso connection again. I really hope that Schumi does stay on for 2010 and he gets the seat instead of Alonso.
It will be interesting to see if the FIA grant licences to 3 other new teams if 3 of the remaining teams pull out at the end of 2009. I would like to see the Lola and Lotus names return to F1, even if they are not the original owners or teams.
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I have also heard rumors that Ferrari/Fiat might field a second team under Maserati or Alfa.
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Yes, maybe a Ferrari - Sauber relation could be theoretically in the works (although I do not believ it to happen). I would be very happy to hear that Peter Saubers lifework project finally becomes a better partner than the partner BMW was. I understand and respect BMW's decision, but I'm thinking of that great innovation and knowledge center near Zurich/Hinwil, where 450 people at Sauber and app. 1000 people/subcontractor near by totally specialised in producing Sauber's needs since decades do not know if they will have work in 2 month. It would be a total loss of knowledge.
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Schumi is back but it's going to cost....

Michael Schumacher will reportedly be paid €1million per race and a bonus €1million per victory when he begins substituting for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa as from the European grand prix later this month.

The German daily Die Tageszeitung also said the 40-year-old German is very likely to have his non-driving advisory contract with the Maranello based team renewed.

The agreement, estimated to be worth at least €5million per season to the seven time world champion, is currently set to expire at the end of 2009.
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