Formula One could be set to see the return of the Red Baron after six years. Michael Schumacher, who has been given the boot after three years at Mercedes, has been linked with Felipe Massa’s seat at Maranello. Speculation rose last week that Felipe Massa had secured his seat after esteemed journalist Roger Benoit wrote an article for Sweedish paper ‘Blick’ saying “It (2013) will be Felipe’s eighth season in F1”.
This writing came as no major surprise to the public, especially after Felipe’s great performance storming through the field in Singapore, which featured a particularly breath-taking moment when Bruno Senna tried to block a pass by sending his fellow Brazilian into the wall.
But now, Ferrari have come out against the speculation stating that Felipe does not yet have a contract.
“Not true, Felipe has not signed anything yet,” a Ferrari spokesman told Spanish sports newspaper ‘Marca’.
Sergio Perez had been the driver linked with Massa’s seat for 2013 but after being snatched up by McLaren, Ferrari have no immediate replacement, should they ditch the 2008 World Champion contender. This is where Schumacher fits in, It is believed that Ferrari could give Schumacher a seat with the team for 2013 until they can attract the attention of Red Bull’s golden-boy, Sebastian Vettel as many expect they will try to.
Former Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay told RMC sport “A little mouse whispered in my ear that Schumacher could go back to Ferrari,”.