Faustus wrote:I was absolutely stunned about this. He has nothing to gain from this and everything to lose. I really hope he doesn't make an arse of himself and, as other people have already posted, make a Mansell of himself.
What if Schumacher outpaces Kimi? Will they then get rid of Raikkonen for next year?
chrismcn wrote:Is Michael going to be the number 2 to Kimi?
Nin13 wrote:This seems to be wierd year. First Lance Armstrong comeback, now Michael Schumacher. What's next?
dragonsteincole wrote:Also, we know that the F60 is at least a decent points scorer, but how fast will it go around the Valencia track? That, of course means handing it over to a tamed racing driver...
CarlosFerreira wrote:dragonsteincole wrote:Also, we know that the F60 is at least a decent points scorer, but how fast will it go around the Valencia track? That, of course means handing it over to a tamed racing driver...
... Some say that he'd rather drive a cab than the F60...
... and that a couple of faces on the grid aren't sleeping quite so well since it was announced he'd come back...
Jack O Malley wrote:chrismcn wrote:Is Michael going to be the number 2 to Kimi?
With 7 races still to go, and Button on the lead with 70 points and 6 wins, Schumacher may still win his 8th championship.
So I think Michael will get the first drive at Ferrari.
fjackdaw wrote:Would t his be the first time over 20 years has covered the age ranges on the grid? And, for that matter, four decades - teens, 20s, 30s and 40s.
eytl wrote:fjackdaw wrote:Would t his be the first time over 20 years has covered the age ranges on the grid? And, for that matter, four decades - teens, 20s, 30s and 40s.
In the 1961 Italian GP, Ricardo Rodriguez was 2nd on the grid on his F1 debut, aged 19. Jack Fairman qualified 26th and was 48.
In the 1963 French GP, Chris Amon was still just 19, and Maurice Trintignant was 45. The next race, the 1963 British GP, took place on Amon's 20th birthday, and on the grid was Ian Raby who was 41.
Mike Thackwell's only start as a 19-year-old came in the 1980 Canadian GP. Mario Andretti was also on the grid, and he was 40.
The other teenagers in F1 were Fernando Alonso in the first half of 2001, Esteban Tuero in the first few races of 1998, and Sebastian Vettel in his one-off for BMW in 2007. I'm sure there were no drivers 40 and over at those times.
So Alguersuari and Schumacher would only be the fourth time in World Championship history that a driver in his teens and a driver 40 and over start the same race, and the first time in nearly 29 years.
JDOD wrote:Paul Hayes, even if the eye injury is not as bad as first feared (we all hope its not, I'm sure)
He still had a skull fracture, there is no way he would be allowed to race with anything other than a perfectly intact skull.
Michael Schumacher has began his preparation to return to Formula 1 action at the European Grand Prix next month.
The seven-time world champion will replace Felipe Massa in the Valencia race as the Brazilian continues with his recovery following the accident he suffered at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend.
Schumacher travelled to Ferrari's factory in Maranello yesterday, where he worked at the static simulator to check the functionality of the steering wheel.
The German has borrowed an F2007 car and he is reported to be testing at the Mugello circuit today since 11am.
Schumacher admitted that he is trying to get as much mileage as possible before his return, even if it means driving old cars.
"There is this test ban in Formula 1, therefore I contacted some of the guys from F1 Clienti if they could give me a car," Schumacher wrote on his website.
"Although those cars are not current or last year's ones, I simply like to drive as much as possible, so this is a good option. The next weeks will be totally on preparation then."
Michael Schumacher was able to get his hands on a Ferrari F60 steering wheel for the first time on Thursday, although the German was making best use of the Italian team's simulator in a season where mid-season circuit testing in banned.
Having not raced in Formula One since the end of 2006, 40-year-old Schumacher is undergoing a series of fitness tests on the run-up to Valencia's European Grand Prix on the penultimate weekend of August. "I was in Maranello in the afternoon to check the functionality of the steering wheel in the static simulator," the German explained on his website.
"Of course I was also taking the opportunity to again discuss with the engineers on how to proceed further; there is this testing ban in Formula One, therefore I contacted some of the guys from F1 Clienti, if they could give me a car." The name refers to Ferrari's team of technicians in its Maranello workshop. "Although those cars are not current or last year's ones, I simply like to drive as much as possible so this is a good option," Michael added. "The next weeks will then be totally preparation."
jackanderton wrote:'Das Comeback'!
Didn't it say he was testing the 2007 car there?
Schumi sitzt wieder im Auto! Die ersten Bilder von seinem Test im 2007er Ferrari auf der Rennstrecke in Mugello
The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) has agreed with Ferrari's request for Michael Schumacher to test its 2009 car at Mugello over the weekend. Although permission must be granted by the FIA for the run to go ahead, the German has currently run only the 2007 car on Friday.
New-for-2009 testing rules state that no running is allowed on circuits during the season apart from on Grand Prix weekends, although Ferrari discovered a loophole in sporting regulations which allowed its F2007 model to be used by Schumacher in Italy on Friday; whereas last year's car was prepared by Ferrari itself, the double title-winning 2007 version was prepared by F1 Clienti - although this is a workshop essentially owned by the Scuderia, rules state that running the car is not officially classed as a test.
With the target being to reduce weight whilst strengthening the seven-time World Champion's next muscles follow a motorcycling accident in February, the Italian squad wrote to the FIA and all teams with the hope of running the German in 2009's F60 car.
FOTA - with represents all current teams bar Williams and Force India - has accepted this proposal, as vice president of the group John Howett has explained. "I believe all FOTA teams have agreed to accept their request," he told SpeedTV. "The situation for Felipe is very unfortunate and this is a sporting gesture which we are confident Ferrari will respect."
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