Massa Says Schumacher Was Lucky Not to Return on Ferrari F60

Felipe Massa's injury last year nearly got Michael Schumacher back into Formula One, as the 7-time world champion had already agreed to replace the Brazilian driver in the Ferrari F60 cockpit for the final 7 races of the season. However, the neck pain he felt at the time prevented him from making an F1 return, and the situation couldn't have come at a better time for the German, argued Massa.

Needless to say, the Ferrari F60 was probably the less performing car prepared by the Scuderia in the last two decades, which was showed by their single race win in 2009. And the fact that Ferrari had already switched development to the 2010 machinery in the late stages of last campaign was another thing that would have taken Schu to incredibly poor lap times and, ultimately, a shameful return.

I was not sure it was the right time for Michael, because our car was not so quick as he'd had in the past. I think he was lucky,” said Massa in an interview with The Independent newspaper.

Following Schumacher's announcement that he will in fact not return to F1 during the course of 2009 – due to medical problems – Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fisichella have both attempted to be a good teammate to Kimi Raikkonen, but have both failed in scoring any points for Ferrari through the last 7 rounds (2 for Badoer, 5 for Fisico) of 2009.

Talking about the prospect of racing against Michael Schumacher for the first time in his Ferrari career, Massa had only good things to say about the 41-year old German.

He has an incredible talent to analyse, and I watched him very carefully. He was the complete driver; aggressive, quick, consistent. He also had a lot of luck. When you're good, you have luck. And he was a good team-mate. It will be a nice experience to race against him again, because he is a great driver, one of maybe four or five great drivers out there,” added Massa.
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