The 2009 Formula 1 season has seen several different twists from an new ugly looking car that still doesn’t create good side-by-side racing and passing on-track and the FOTA looking to take its teams and drivers out of Formula 1 to create a breakaway series in 2010, but so far is still in talks to resolve some differences for the upcoming 2010 season including budget cap to BMW recently announcing they are going to leave F1 at the end of the 2009 season.
The idea of BMW leaving Formula 1 is not a giant surprise to me at all, in this tough economy, manufacturers are cutting back on just about everything and there Motorsports programs will be one of the first things cut and if that means leaving one of the most expensive sports in the world, in this case Formula 1 then that’s it, BMW isn’t the first to leave nor will be the last. Looking at not only Formula 1, but Motorsports in general, I’m surprised more with how many manufacturers are still in Motorsports today. And don’t forget, Honda sold their team to Brawn GP last year.
The biggest question is, which manufacturer is going to leave Formula 1 for example next, personally I’m think Toyota, however that is not a rumor nor official, it’s just my opinion.
However nothing compares to and was more shocking then the terrible crash this past weekend in the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix where a rear spring came off of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn-Mercedes, bounced on track and two to three seconds later bounced up into Felipe Massa's car striking Massa in his helmet and Massa’s car hit the outside wall in turn 4.
“Felipe was conscious at the arrival at the hospital,” said a Ferrari statement, adding that Massa had suffered a cut on his forehead, concussion and a bone lesion of the skull. Massa underwent surgery to treat these conditions, the outcome of which was positive. He will now remain under observation in intensive care. (From Formula1.com)
As a result, (according to Ferrari.com) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again. Michael Schumacher said he is ready and, over the next few days, will undertake a specific training program at the end of which confirmation will be given of his participation in the Championship with effect from the European Grand Prix on the 23rd of August.
Remember what Formula 1 use to be back in 2006 when Michael Schumacher was racing for Ferrari against not only his teammate Felipe Massa, but against the youngest World Champion Fernando Alonso? (Source of picture: Motorsport.com/xpb.cc)
First I have to say that wish Felipe Massa well I hope he has a full recovery. Second, it doesn’t surprise me to see that Ferrari wants Michael Schumacher to retain at the European Grand Prix, of course Ferrari is the one that had him retire at the end of the 2006 season, but it will be interesting to see what he does in Formula 1 now (here in 2009) especially this new looking car, I might just have to watch the race which is on my birthday (August 23rd).
What does everything think; will Michael Schumacher make a difference at the European Grand Prix and in the rest of the season?
More: Michael Schumacher has cancelled his return to Formula 1 in 2009.