Schumacher to replace Massa …

What a bizzare day in F1 this was. It started with BMW pulling out, it ends with news that Michael Schumacher is coming back.

Ferrari has confirmed that Michael Schumacher will replace Felipe Massa in Valencia. Hm, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen as team mates …

“The most important thing first: thanks God, all news concerning Felipe are positive. I wish him all the best again.

“I was meeting this afternoon with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo and together we decided that I will prepare myself to take the place of Felipe.

“Though it is true that the chapter Formula 1 has been closed for me since long and completely, it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation. But as the competitor I am, I also very much look forward to facing this challenge.” – Michael Schumacher

Obviously he forgot to tell his manager who was only a day or so ago 200% sure Schumacher would not jump into Massa’s seat …

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  1. hanNo Gravatar says:

    AMAZING DAY SAD AND HAPPY

  2. JRNo Gravatar says:

    OMFG!

    Can you believe this?

    Massa is still the best driver ever and my thoughts are only with him. I love Schumacher, but Massa is the only thing that is important to me.

  3. WillNo Gravatar says:

    His manager was wrong. So good…
    Go Schumi!
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Memória GP #2 =-.

  4. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    Meh, this has positives and negatives.

    Positive is that it is always nice to have the greatest driver (in regards to records) back on the grid in a time where turmoil has dominated. Something stable like Schumi is only good for the sport.
    Positive that he will probably boost sales for Valencia.
    Positive that we get to see him race against current champion Hamilton and against Raikkonen in the same equipment.

    Negatives are a concern though, he hasn’t raced competitively for a few years, hasn’t even tested.
    Negative about it being a bit of a stunt and many fans seem to have forgotten he is a temp not a returning driver. Massa will be back and probably sooner than most think!
    Negative is that he won’t be the same Schumi he was, he isn’t going to set the race on fire or blow anybody away the minute he turns up at the track.
    Negative, the most likely meda touting that will occur over Hamilton vs Schumi vs Button vs Vettel blah blah isn’t really going to be something that is a fair representation in anyway as we all know the tracks and weather are having more of an effect on who is on top than anything else.
    Negative is that he will take away the focus of what really matter right now, which is the battle for this years championship between Button, Vettel and Webber.
    Negative again is if he does beat everyone, we all complain about todays drivers and is he gets spanked we all cry and complain that he should never have come back.

    Of course Schumi will ignore everything the media say and it has just as many positives that are good for the sport but the media and fans need to understand that it’s only a short term thing and not to go back remembering the old days like they will return and we have a saviour. It’s more likely that Schumi is going to get involved between drivers fighting for a world championship.

    God forbid that he gets involved in an accident with one of them or denies someone space when there are much more important things going on than his short term return to Formula One.

    Well thats my two cents worth anyway and i will still be enjoying seeing him race, just hope only good things come out of it and not anything bad happens while he covers for Massa!

    Get well soon!

  5. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    Oh and how will he handle being a equal status driver at Ferrari instead of preferential treatment which is the only way he has ever known?

    Lol bit of a dig that but hey could be a factor that irks him during his short return.

    It would be devastating if Ferrari do treat him differently and don’t give Raikkonen a fair go when he is technically the No. 1 Driver while Massa is out of the car. Schumi’s past is history and this should not be turned into a circus for him to gain plaudits when they should be doing this for Raikkonen.

    Worse still is if Ferrari come out and all of a sudden have new fire and passion for the remaining races and go that little bit better and win a race, where was this commitment when Massa was there and Schumi was never a possibility? Again all theoretical and just throwing it out there!

    • Arun SriniNo Gravatar says:

      All the dried leaves need is a little spark, and the fire could burn a forest down. If at all schumi wins a race, Ferrari wake up and become front runners again, I’d be happy. Like everyone hates to see the traditional circuits go out of calender, I would hate to see Ferrari become mid-fielders, even willams for that matter, I’d see them in the front.
      Also no team gives both the drivers the same updates, and do treat diff (does Heikki get the same updates as early as Hamil? or Piquet for Alonso for that matter? Preferential treatment occurs everywhere, but only if both drivers are as classy and spirited like the Red Bullers would there be a fair competition), and just making pun of Schumi for that just shows how short your eyes are.

      Everyone knows this is just a stunt, to get more fans to valencia, with BMW out of F1. We, as Schumi’s ardent fans are just happy to see our ‘God of racing’ back, and the feeling in uncomparable, only understood by someone who worships their idol. In that matter, its a fact that schumi has the most followers just because during his hayday he was untouchable, better than the best. Media always puns, jokes at his little shortcomings, because they think it is real criticism. But his dedication, charisma and never say die attitude had made him the king of millions of hearts (don’t say ayorton or prost have been pure racers, we all know they would also do anything to win, senna has crashed with prost, and prost has blocked his competition PERIOD).
      So for his short return into the cockpit, I’d be happy to see my idol taking the helm, even if he gets out in Q3, ‘cos its the feeling we’ve been waiting for the past 3 years. That too, how he could fare against the over-hyped little guy in McLaran and Kimi – his replacement.

      “Negatives are a concern though, he hasn’t raced competitively for a few years, hasn’t even tested.Negative, blah blah Negative blah blah blah……..”
      Like i said, no one is expecting him to get on pole and win the race. So, all ye ‘I’m cool cos I hate Schumi’ and ‘I’m intelligent cos i make fun of schumi’ formula 1 fans, get this, we are going to talk about the master for the next 3.5 weeks, hail his return and enjoy his sight.

      • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

        Oh i’m not a Schumi hater i think the guy is a great racer and deserves every one of his championships for the skill he showed and the commitment that he has made to racing for everyone that follows the sport.
        I also believe that there should be an allowance for a little bit of barge and shove on the race track i loved watching replays of the old races between Senna and Prost, they were the best nothing these days compares to those races!

        I point out negatives because they are so painfully obvious, nothing against anybody but this is of course a place where you can post opinions and your own reasoning, which is why you of course are totally entitled to your response above!
        I too am talking abot the return of Schumi with F1 followers alike and will continue too for weeks as well. I’m looking forward to it, but as said above, my concern is the media turning it into a circus instead of letting it be what it should be which is racing! I’m sure we can all understand that!!!
        My dissapointment would be if Ferrari do rebound all of a sudden because Schumi turns up and not having had the care to have done it while Massa and Raikkonen are driving, that would show total lack of commitment to what they have now as opposed to what they will have when an ex champ steps into the car. Again all theoretical of course and not about to be the dooms day or anything!

        I don’t expect him to be on pole either but i wouldn’t be surprised if he did it. I post these as a realistic view of the ifs abd buts and well again i am entitled to my opinion and i was pretty sure i did a good job of making it non-biased in anyway don’t you think???

        • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

          this is of course a place where you can post opinions and your own reasoning

          exactly. if we all had the same opinion, what would be the point of debates :-)

        • Arun SriniNo Gravatar says:

          Its just PR work buddy, and we know it. Also schumi’s fans were waiting for him to take on hamilton since many of Schumi’s fans disliked him for his unneeded talk and attention (biography after 1st year of racing!!! man!! i give up), and since he had told its his dream to race schumi, we are like, ‘bring it on’.
          With the hopelessly bizzare season (bmw quitting, max and bernie’s stupid mouth) this is just a joy for f1 fanatics and schumi lovers. it may take away the attention for one race.

          also, while we are all discussing, there is a line on the announcement, that he would race only if he is deemed fit and can handle the car. lets wait :)

          this may well turn out to be a talking point for few days!!

  6. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand why Ferrari would do this. This is a golden opportuntiy to give a young driver a test and look to the future of the team. They gain nothing by putting Shumacher in the seat other than generating some short term publicity.

    There is a very good chance that one, or both of Ferrari’s current drivers will not be back. Kimi has long been rumored to be walking away, and there were rumors that he needed a strong result in Hungary to keep his driver for the remainder of the year. Massa’s injury has now put his career in jeopardy.

    It just doesn’t make sense. Ferrari is clearly a team in disarray. You can see it in the horrible decisions they have made repeatedly throughout the season in qualifying and races.

  7. JourneyerNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, zblkhwk.

    Ferrari don’t do young drivers. Never have (not in recent history, anyway). Bortolotti is about the only young driver available, and he has way too little experience in an F1 car.

    No way would they get Bourdais – not good enough. They might’ve been interested in Alonso or Kubica, but their contracts are an issue. It also wouldn’t send a good message to Massa. Massa, remember, approved of MS taking his seat in the meantime. JA said Kimi has told Ferrari he wants to stay to the end of next year too.

    In reality, MS was Ferrari’s best choice. Easy to say in retrospect, but he was the best guy available.

  8. LukeNo Gravatar says:

    This will no doubt help ticket sales in Valencia.

  9. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I have to disagree Journeyer.

    At least they could have elevated their test driver, if they still have one after these new rules eliminated mid-season tests. Putting MS in this seat does nothing long term for this team. Why not Luca Badoer or Marc Gene if they are still working at Ferrari. Keeping their test driver tuned by giving him time at the wheel can only improve the off season program.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think MS is probably the best driver ever, and certainly still has the skills to be a good driver. But he is clearly not the future of Ferrari. And he will bring a level of excitement to fans, especially with Monza coming up in a couple races. But, this is a team struggling to regain form. You do not rebuild on the shoulders of 38 year old drivers. Perhaps this is a golden time to focus on the 2010 car since this season will not end in a championship anymore.

  10. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    and one more comment…

    I have heard rumors that Michael may be leaving Ferrari after this season, with the possibility of joining with Ross Brawn.

    If that is even remotely a possibility, moving him to a seat is absolutely nuts.

  11. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care… He’s not fighting for the championship. But the European GP will have to thank Ferrari somehow, now it doesn’t matter much if the Renault appeal will arrive at time or not or proceeds as they wish. I think that Spanish won’t come up due the 7 times World Champion, but maybe it helps. But we can expect a bigger flow of foreign spectators to live an historic event which looks like it can be pretty unique.
    .-= Kotenok´s last blog ..F1Wolf commented on Kotenok’s video ‘The Duel’ =-.

  12. JonathanNo Gravatar says:

    Ferrari needed someone, and Gene and Badoer were both F1 also-rans in their day. Schumacher was the obvious choice for Ferrari. But I never expected him to agree — he obviously misses F1 more than he has let on in interviews.

    No one should be surprised if he is a bit slower than Raikkonen. The really interesting thing about this is the pressure it puts on Kimi. If he can’t outpace a rusty 40-year old, his reputation will take a big knock.

  13. RichNo Gravatar says:

    @johnathan i have confidence kimi will easily be faster unless SF gave Ms the #1 seat (which I fear they have. I think thats y shumi is back)

  14. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    I think it is also much of a PR gimmick. Ferrari haven’t been in the limeligt and now Schumi will bring them to the forefront again.

  15. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I stay by my comments that its short sighted on Ferrari’s part. I did not give much thought to the benefit to F1 at Valencia, especially since it now looks like Alonzo will miss his home GP. Perhaps one hand is washing the other and all the years of Ferrari favortism is being paid back a little.

  16. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Any word if Michael has past all the stress tests?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      not yet. the hot topic of these days is the test Ferrari asked FOTA to allow, but Williams and both Red Bull teams are against it …

  17. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    I thought he was testing in last years model. surely they must be able to doctor it up a little and make it roughly like this years? diffuser and all. Or how about using this years test car? And who is replacing Piquet ?

  18. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    well they put GP2 slicks tyres on that car. and it was not last year car, it was 2007.
    he can’t use this year test, no testing is allowed during the season.

    his run at Maranello was not officially a test. what he did is what anybody with fat wallet can do. get an older F1 car and take it for a spin …

  19. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I have a couple rumors in the past few days.

    1. He can’t pass the physical due to a neck injury he got racing bikes.
    2. Alonzo is signed and will be in a Ferrari seat in 2010 (this one came second hand supposedly from Peter Windsor on Speed TV).
    3. Michael did not want to retire, but Ferrari wanted Kimi so they bought Michael out, and he has since harbored resentment at Kimi (again second hand from Peter Windsor on Speed TV).

    This could be a very interesting battle at Ferrari.

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