F1: First Lance Armstrong Now Michael Schumacher?
In the final days of this years Tour de France, the seven-time champion showed the world how he won those titles.
Even being out of the sport for three years, Lance Armstrong let the world know that he is a very special kind of racer that comes along once in a life time. He was brilliant against two of the best climbers that the Tour has ever seen, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck, finishing third overall. It is the stuff that legends are made of. Lance Armstrong retired in 2005 after winning his seventh Tour.
A year after the seven-time Tour winner called it quits, another seven-time world champion left the world's stage. His name: Michael Schumacher.
Could it be possible that the seven-time FIM world driving champion, may imitate Lance's return with one of his own?
Last Saturday during the second round of qualifying for the Hungarian GP, Ferrari Ace, Felipe Massa slammed into the tire barrier unconscious. What caused the shunt was Massa being hit in the face with a suspension spring out of a Brawn car. While the reports are that Massa is on the mend, a big question is over an eye that has been damaged, it could in fact be the end of his career, if the injury impacts his sight.
In a statement to the Times, Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo made it quite clear that their priority was the fallen star Felipe Massa. After leaving the hospital and being questioned about Massa's possible replacement, he made it quite clear that Massa was family and his well-being came first.
All that being said, Schumacher is listed as one of the team's reserves, this of course allowed him to do test work this season for the Prancing Horse. This means that Ferrari could use him this year without bringing in a replacement, who does not know the team or car.
All that being said, there is a bigger story here, F1 is in turmoil, much the same way the Tour de France was. A battle between the FIA and the teams (FOTA) has alienated the fans and they are turning away from the sport.
If ever there was a magic wand that could reignite F1, is the return of the greatest driver of the modern era, seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher. It would put F1 back on the world stage and people would return in droves, some to see him win, others to hope he does not.
Could this be the year of the returning champions? Could this be the year, that Queen immortalized in the song "We are The Champions"?"
Could this be the year, that two seven-time champions return to grace our presence?
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