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Schumacher to test Ferrari F1 car

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Stop the press. Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement to test a Ferrari Formula One car in Barcelona next week.

But now hold your horses. The most successful driver in modern F1 is not paving the way for a Rocky-esque return.

No, Schumi's spokeswoman told us here at BBC Sport that the German racing legend has absolutely no plans to return for good.

So let's knock that one firmly on the head.

The key point here, is that Ferrari are utilising the 38-year-old's experience of F1 cars without electronic driver aids ahead of the ban on such systems for next year.

As you will all know, F1's rules are changing next season.

A common electronic control unit, to be used by all teams, is being introduced.

So how will the new breed - Hamilton, Rosberg, Kubica et al - cope without electronic driver aids such as traction control?

Is F1 about to become a more level playing field? A truer test of pure driving ability?

Let us know your thoughts...

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posted Nov 14, 2007

Money counts - but it ain't the only thing. The failure of the very big budgeted Toyota and Honda teams this year show that the sport is about more than (just) money. Look at Renault. With Fernando Champions - without him, nowhere.

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posted Nov 14, 2007

It seems the master has still got it. I know it won't happen but Ferrari should give him Mazza's seat. Schumacher would be the number 2 driver as Raikonnen is WDC. It would be good to see Schumacher racing against his team mate and I'm sure Raikonnen would give him a good fight. He may even win his eighth WDC.

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posted Nov 14, 2007

Schumacher would never ever accept to be the number 2 driver. That is just not an option for a 7 times world champion.

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comment by MrAlex (U2142781)

posted Nov 14, 2007

hi there it still shows the talent that he has, fantastic isnt it

Perhaps he should go to Mclaren

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comment by Russ (U4317590)

posted Nov 14, 2007

I'll be amazed if Schumacher doesn't sign for McLaren. Just have this feeling he's done this to impress. And his words about no vacant seat when he knows full well there's a championship winning car and a team capable of paying his wages looking for such a driver as himself. The temptation will be too much for him. He could add another title and more importantly, do it in another team.

Just a feeling smiley

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posted Nov 14, 2007

Top time 2 days in a row - Not bad for a pensioner.

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posted Nov 14, 2007

Let's hope Michael goes to McLaren. If so I will be rooting for him to win the championship next year.

Imagine how good it will be if we could have Alonso (assuming Ferrari pay off Massa) and Raikonnen at Ferrari and Hamilton and Michael at McLaren. Fireworks!

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posted Nov 14, 2007

Yeah and like everyone was saying Ross Brawn going back to Ferarri was pretty much a done deal. It wouldn't suprise me if Schumacher was tempted if a good enough deal was put on the table

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posted Nov 14, 2007

I'm pretty sure that Schumacher has some sort of ongoing promotional and advisory contract with Ferrari that would prevent him from racing with another team. Might be wrong of course...

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posted Nov 17, 2007

Be careful what you wish for folks.

Schumacher is never going to drive for McLaren. That would damage his legacy in formula 1 forever if he doesn`t win. It would also damage his relationship with Ferrari.

And if he would race for McLaren that would be a big problem for Hamilton. It wouldn`t take long for Schumacher to dominate both the team and the development of the car. Hamiltons would in a very short time be relegated into the no. 2 driver in the team. This would damage his carreer in the future.

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