Here’s an interesting news item!

Michael Schumacher would have made his F1 comeback with Ferrari next year, had the Scuderia’s three-car-per-team rule proposal been accepted by the FIA – that is the opinion of the team’s test driver, Marc Gené. Schumacher has since made a a much-publicised announcement that he will make his comeback with Mercedes GP.

Mid-season and in the wake of BMW’s departure from F1, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemelo floated the idea of each of the existing teams entering three cars in 2010, in the event that the grid size continued its (then perceived) decline.

According to Gené, the team’s line-up would have consisted of Schumacher plus Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, had the rule been put into place.

"It hurts to see Schumacher leave our team," Spaniard Gené said in his column for newspaper El Mundo. "I am convinced that, if the rules allowed us to run a third car per team, Michael would be with us next year, but now we can only thank him for all he has done at Ferrari and try to defeat him next year. At Ferrari we are ready for it – Alonso and Massa will make it a difficult season for him."

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Richard Bailey

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