After a few weeks of alternating no and yes, finally Michael Schumacher has concluded that his neck is not up to racing in Formula One and Ferrari has announced that Luca Badoer will drive the car instead. From the point of view of a bystander to the whole thing, I think that Schumi doesn’t want to do the come back from the beginning but was reluctant to make the decision because of the strong relationship with Ferrari.
“When I went to Maranello Wednesday after Felipe’s accident I knew what were going to talk about with Stefano (Domenicali) and chairman Montezemolo. In the beginning I was more tending towards a ‘no’, but you all know Montezemolo and how good he is in convincing people. He’s a great friend of mine and we really agree on most things: so he managed to convince me.”
Despite of feeling disappointed of not having the opportunity to watch him race again just like the old days, I think he has make the correct decision. Even though I don’t know who is Alan Jones but many people did say his brief come back in 1983 and 1985 did him no favours. And thus, I think the same goes to Schumi. Due to the lack of training and preparation, I can’t see if there’s any chance of him beating the current crops even though he did say “A driver will never loose his competitive spirit”.
As for Luca, he is the Ferrari’s test driver since 1998- that’s such a long period of time but he has never once race in Formula One. I don’t know if he is the suitable substitute but as long as it’s not the snobbish Alonso, lets have a little faith in this young man, Luca, people. 🙂