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Ferrari Fight For 3rd Car for Schumacher in 2010

Michael Schumacher might not make his Formula One return this year, but Ferrari are sure hopeful the German will return to their cockpit in 2010. Although he is currently unfit for racing due to his motorcycle crash related injuries, the 40-year old German may compete for the prancing horse as part of their 3-car strategy next year.

A strategy that the Maranello-based team are fighting for within the Formula One Teams Association, as confirmed by Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo. The Italian boss admitted he will push for a “3rd car per team” rule in 2010, and that if succeeded, that spot will go directly to Schumacher.

We're continuing to fight until every team has the right to start with three cars in the next season, and one I'd have handed over to Michael with pleasure,” Di Montezemolo was quoted as saying to Italy's La Stampa newspaper.

In addition, Di Montezemolo did not let the opportunity to hit at the newly entrants slip away, as he publicly admitted he would gladly have 3 Ferraris or 3 McLarens on the 2010 grid rather than “three whatevers.” Adding a 3rd car to the mix would also come as a saving measure for the sport, especially after BMW Sauber decided to leave the sport at the end of the year.

I prefer three McLarens and three Renaults to three 'whatevers'. With BMW gone, there's not much to say but lots to do,” added the Italian boss.

Former German driver Hans-Joachim Stuck also said he would not be surprised to see Michael return to Formula One either later this year, or next season.

I would not rule out a comeback for Michael totally. Perhaps next year, if he is able to recover from his injuries completely,” said Stuck.
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