Schumacher would consider replacing Massa
Tuesday 28th July 2009
Michael Schumacher would consider a return to F1 as Felipe Massa's stand-in, his spokeswoman has confirmed.
Schumacher has already been strongly touted as a potential replacement for the Brazilian while Massa recuperates from the injuries he suffered during his horrific crash at the Hungarian GP. While Schumacher's manager Wili Weber ruled out the possibility of his client returning to F1 on Sunday, it would appear that the German is now giving serious thought to the possibility of driving for Ferrari again.
"The whole thing will be considered by Ferrari. If they approach Michael, then he will consider it," the seven-time champion's spokeswoman told BBC Sport.
Although Schumacher himself ruled out a return to F1 in an interview two weeks ago, his spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, clarified that his position may be different if Ferrari ask him to temporarily replace Massa.
"Usually, I would say he's not interested because he's fine with his life and he doesn't miss anything but now the situation is so different - it's very hypothetical - and Michael doesn't want to step into that [discussion]," she stated.
There is, though, a question mark over Schumacher's fitness after he suffered a neck injury during a motorbike accident in February.
"I really can't tell you if his neck would be fine to drive an F1 race," she said.
"If Ferrari asked him whether he would consider driving, he would have it checked - and remember he is a 40-year-old man, too."
What the fudge? >_< I don't understand why all in the sudden, Schumy's name would show up as Massa replacement. Ferrari has it's test drivers, so why don't give them the chance for a real race rather than took that old man back! Are they that depending so much for him? >_<
Beside, Schumy can't just back in like that. What's his status anyway at the team? Counselor? Then, he's not a driver and can't drive just like that anytime he like. Ferrari has the policy when something like this happen, right? Just like in every team, that when one of the driver was injured and can't race, then he would be replaced by the team's test driver, not by someone who walks around the team. It's a strange things that Schumy name show up and not the test driver. Maybe I'm the only one who don't want Schumy to be back. I don't like to see him show up at the race and now he maybe become Massa replacement, that mean I would be often seeing him. Argh!!! >_< Don't want to see that man beside Kimi!!!!!!