In light of Felipe Massa’s life threatening accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari has found a willing and able body to temporarily replace the Brazilian for the remainder of the 2010 F1 season. That willing and able body is no less than 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Massa sustained heavy damage on his skull when he was struck on the left side of his head by a loose metal spring that detached itself from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car. The accident resulted in Massa undergoing immediate surgery at the AEK Hospital in Hungary. Despite Massa’s recovery going faster than expected, the team has taken a prudent approach in the whole matter, giving the Brazilian all the time it needs to fully recover from the accident.
So with one empty seat at Ferrari, the team tapped the man who dominated the F1 circuit for the better part of this decade while driving the Scarlet Prancing Horse. In its website, the team said that: "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to entrust Michael Schumacher with Felipe Massa’s car until the Brazilian driver is able to race again. Michael Schumacher has shown his willingness and in the next few days he will undergo a specific programme of preparation at the end of which it will be possible to confirm his participation in the championship starting with the European Grand Prix."
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With all due respect to Felipe Massa, who we are all praying to have a full and speedy recovery, Schumacher’s unexpected comeback to Formula One is just the latest twist to what has been an unpredictable and topsy-turvy Formula One season.
If Schumacher passes the required FIA physical, he would become eligible to return at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain on August 23, at which time, we’re expecting the F1 circus to become bigger than it has ever been.