Shaun left this comment yesterday under one of the Barcelona test posts:
Why is Schumacher testing for Ferrari instead of Raikkonen or Massa ? sorry if this is an obvious question.
Well, good question and I do not think it is obvious. Ferrari has Raikkonen and Massa plus test drivers proper Gene and Badoer. But they still use Michael Schumacher and used him again in Barcelona this week. Schumacher did one day of testing. This was half of what Massa did, but about a day more than Kimi (thanks to rain on Thursday). Why is he still testing ? And why do they keep two other test drivers on payroll when they do not use them (almost) at all?
He still probably gives the team valuable input but is his input more valuable than input from one of the race drivers would be ? How does Kimi like the fact that he gets less running ? Perhaps he likes it and is actually thankful to Schumi for stepping in . But as far as I remember Kimi was never too excited about having Schumacher around.
Perhaps it is only publicity stunt as no matter what people may think about Michael Schumacher, he is a phenomenon that still attracts lots of attention.
Or perhaps it is just something that Jean Todt cooked up before leaving the team and Domenicali has to live with it now …
Well, who knows. The fact remains, Schumi is still around and he is definitely not slow.
There is another blog post on Michael Schumacher today here …