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In the latest comeback by a retired legend, Michael Schumacher will sit in for the injured Felipe Massa on Ferrari’s Formula One team. As with Lance Armstrong, who finished third at the Tour de France after more than three years away, “I have no doubt in my mind that he can be competitive, maybe even win the next race,” says former F1 driver Mario Andretti, who finished third in his first race in a similar situation in 1982. Mr. Schumacher, a 40-year-old, seven-time F1 champion will race Aug. 23. “All he needs to do is some testing,” Mr. Andretti says.
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Felipe Massa’s personal doctor believes the Ferrari driver will be able to check out of hospital in central Budapest within one week.
Dr Dino Altman’s prediction to the Brazilian media was backed up by the Hungarian intensive care doctors, who agree that if the current rate of progress continues, Massa should be ready to return to Sao Paulo in between a week and ten days.
“(Massa is) sleepy but he gives adequate and spontaneous answers to questions we ask him,” said AEK’s chief surgeon Lajos Zsiros.
Massa’s father Luis Antonio revealed that his son may be out of intensive care within two days.
“He is doing well and soon he will be giving joy to all in his little red car on the track,” Massa’s pregnant wife Rafaela told Brazil’s Globo.
Zsireos added that the drain for Massa’s skull wound was removed, on the same day the period of induced coma was ended and artificial breathing stopped.
“(Massa is) very well and everyone is very happy with his condition,” Altman continued. “He wants to know what happened to him and he answered some questions.”
By Andrew Benson
Michael Schumacher is not ruling out the possibility of standing in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.
The Brazilian fractured his skull in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying and may be out for the rest of the year, while Schumacher, 40, is a Ferrari adviser.
“The whole thing will be considered by Ferrari. If they approach Michael, then he will consider it,” the seven-time champion’s spokeswoman told BBC Sport.
“But there is no reason for him to step into their discussion.”
Schumacher, who retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 2006 season, told the BBC in an interview at the German Grand Prix two weeks ago that he was not interested in returning to F1.
However, his spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said that was a reference to a permanent return.
“Usually, I would say he’s not interested because he’s fine with his life and he doesn’t miss anything but now the situation is so different – it’s very hypothetical – and Michael doesn’t want to step into that [discussion],” she stated.
She added that Schumacher still trained every day but that she did not know whether he was fit enough to race an F1 car again.
“Michael had a motorcycle accident in February when he had a neck problem – and I really can’t tell you if his neck would be fine to drive an F1 race,” she said.
“If Ferrari asked him whether he would consider driving, he would have it checked – and remember he is a 40-year-old man, too.”
Massa has had surgery on a fractured skull sustained when a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn hit him on the helmet at more than 160mph during qualifying in Hungary on Saturday.
He is in a “severe but not critical” condition, according to the hospital that is treating him in Budapest and there is also concern about damage to his left eye.
The surgeon treating him, Robert Veres, revealed it was “too early to say” whether Massa would be able to compete again.
But he will almost certainly not be able to drive at the next race, the European Grand Prix in Valencia in Spain on 23 August – and probably not for the rest of the year either.
That means Ferrari need to find a team-mate for Kimi Raikkonen for the Valencia race.
Schumacher, who won a record 91 grands prix in his career, is under contract to the team after taking on a consultancy role following his retirement.
The German is close to Massa, who was his team-mate in his final season, and has taken a close interest in the Brazilian’s career.
But he has not driven an F1 car since April 2008 and may consider that he has nothing to gain from a temporary return.
A number of other drivers have been mentioned as possible replacements for Massa.
Among them is Renault’s Fernando Alonso, who is expected to move to Ferrari in 2010 anyway – although the team have not confirmed that report and the Spaniard has denied it.
Renault have been banned from the Valencia race after allowing Alonso to return to the track with a loose wheel following a pit stop.
The wheel and its fairing both became detached from the car as he toured slowly back to the pits – an alarming sight only 24 hours after Massa’s accident.
Renault have appealed against the decision to suspend them and a hearing of the court of appeal of governing body the FIA is expected in the next couple of weeks.
It has been speculated that Alonso’s move to Ferrari may simply be brought forward – but that would leave Renault without a recognised top driver for the rest of the season.
The team were on the verge of sacking Alonso’s team-mate Nelson Piquet before the Hungarian race and while Alonso, a two-time world champion, qualified on pole in Hungary, Piquet qualified 15th and finished 12th in a similar car.
Ferrari have two reserve drivers, the Spaniard Marc Gene and the veteran Italian Luca Badoer.
Spaniard Gene – who raced intermittently for Williams as a stand-in during 2003/2004 and has competed in 36 races with a best result of sixth – is the more likely to be given the drive.
Badoer has been a test driver for Ferrari but has not raced since 1999 and has never scored a world championship point.
A number of other drivers have been mentioned as possible stand-ins.
The most qualified, Schumacher aside, is BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard, who won 13 grands prix before retiring at the end of last season. He is under contract to Red Bull, who would need to give him permission to race if Ferrari approached him.
Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, who was sacked by the Toro Rosso team before the Hungarian Grand Prix, has been mentioned as he has the same manager as Massa – Frenchman Nicolas Todt.
And last winter, Italian Formula Three champion Mirko Bortolotti reportedly impressed Ferrari in a test. The 19-year-old is racing in Formula Two this season.
2009 becomes the year of the long waited victory for the #9 Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP and its drivers, all ex-Formula One drivers, David Brabham (whose brother Gary won with Peugeot 16 years ago), Marc Gené and Alexander Wurz (who won here in 1996 on his debut).
The French racing team Peugeot Sport located at Vélizy-Villacoublay is directed by Olivier Quesnel, with Bruno Famin as technical manager and Serge Saulnier as team manager.
The French car manufacturer has taken part in many well known motor races since their formation. At Indianapolis, such as Indy Races (wins in 1913, 1916 & 1919), rallys (5 times World Champions), the Paris Dakar rally raids ( 4 wins), the WSC (champion in 1992) and ,of course, endurance races (Le Mans, LMS, ALMS).
The works team was taking part for the 7th time (1926, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2007, 2008 and 2009) and won in 1992 (D.Warwick/Y.Dalmas/M.Blundell) and 1993 (G.Brabham/C.Bouchut/E.Hélary).