“The most important thing first: thank God, all news concerning Felipe is positive. I wish him all the best again. I was meeting this afternoon with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo, and together we decided that I will prepare myself to take the place of Felipe,” said the German driver.
“Though it is true that the chapter of Formula 1 has been completely closed for me for a long time, it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation. But as the competitor I am, I also very much look forward to facing this challenge,” added his statement.
Schumacher has recently struggled with injuries following a couple of motorcycle accidents and hasn't been at the wheel of an F1 car since April last year. The Ferrarian then tested the F2008 on slick tires in Barcelona, but never got the chance to drive the Scuderia's 2009 challenger.
As soon as Schu will decide on his level of fitness, he is expected to join Kimi Raikkonen for the Scuderia in the late stages of the 2009 season. It will be the first time the two drivers will team each other in the Formula One championship.