It’s enough to make a fan go weak at the knees.

And yet, in a way, it was inevitable. Particularly considering that this is Ferrari we’re talking about, and not McLaren or BMW. If Martin Whitmarsh had been calling the shots, Massa would, of course, have been, very logically, replaced by some young driver the team was attempting to blood, a Doornbos or some kid from GP2, to give them Grand Prix experience.

Italians, however, are known for taking logic out for a few drinks, showing it the town and then shoving it in the river when no-one’s looking. It’s just not their way.

Instead, we will see the return of a legend, doing a personal favour to the team he gave his heart to, replacing his friend and former teammate as he recovers in hospital. As I argued to SP last night, Schumacher has nothing to lose, and neither has the team. The car, I think we’ll agree, isn’t the quickest, and instead of going with Marc Gene or Luca Badoer, neither of whom, really, are very good Grand Prix drivers (though they may be excellent test drivers – yes, there is a difference), Ferrari have brought back one of the greatest drivers in the sport just when people were about to turn the television off.


The car, of course, still handles like a bucket of bolts. A bucket of bolts with KERS, but a bucket of bolts nonetheless.

schumi “You want me to drive that? What do you mean it’s only got three gears?
Achtung, this will not do at all. Stand back, I will have to rebuild
this thing from scratch.”

Photo courtesy Reuters

– el kapitan