Who will fill Felipe’s shoes?

Felipe Massa’s condition is improving, and the Hungarian doctors are talking very positively about him making a full recovery – they’ve also played down talk of him having damaged the sight in his left eye.

Yet even as soon as Sunday morning, speculation had already begun as to who would replace Massa in the other Ferrari for at least the Euro GP in Valencia next month.

It seems a little cold-hearted to have been talking about it so soon after Massa’s horrible accident during qualifying at the Hungarian GP, but such is the F1 world that the racing will continue, no matter what.

Former World Champion Niki Lauda, who himself raced for Ferrari from 1974-1977, has suggested that the Scuderia’s only real option is to bring in some bloke called Michael Schumacher.

“There is nobody available near Michael’s performance,” he said.

Except perhaps Fernando Alonso.

It’s been speculated, by someone in our office, that as Alonso won’t be able to drive a Renault in Valencia – due to the team’s ban over not fitting the Spaniard’s wheel properly, and it’s subsequent flailing exit from the car – that he could occupy the Ferrari seat for one race only.

Off the back of rife gossip that Alonso will be joining the Italian squad next year, this might not be such a far-fetched idea.

What do you think?

We’re quite excited at either prospect, but would Schumacher even be available, or willing, to climb back in an F1 car?

Lauda added: “This is a question nobody can answer because nobody knows what Schumacher is doing.”

We hear that he’s shooting a head-to-head Vauxhall estate test, dressed in white, for some UK car-based telly show…

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@ ‘Q’s Car Review'(199) – yeah, it’s amazing how some people believe everything that they see/hear – TG will be rubbing their hands with glee with Schumacher’s temporary return: publicity for MS is now publicity for them too after all the stig shenanigans. I like TG but it’s all about the marketing than ever before and getting those viewing figures.

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If Fernando goes to Ferrari, who will he replace?

It wouldn’t be fair to replace Massa as he’ll have only just recovered from his injury, yet Raikonnen is a former world champion…

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ferst off all I hope massa be good soon!
next I believe that Schumacher must replace massa!

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SCHUMI IS BACK :D

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Isnt swapping Massa out for Schumacher kind of uhh… bad for lewis?

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shwey has passed his fitness test

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Return of the KING !!!
Now, he’s raced against Senna, Prost, Mansell, Piquet, Hill, Villeneuve, Hakkinen, Raikkonen, Button.
The world is waiting to see him up against Hamilton and his protege, Vettel !
Anyone can say anything, but let’s wait till Valencia GP for all the speculations about the King to come true.
But being a 7 times FIA F1 World Champion is no easy task, try winning a single GP alone.
He still has the mojo in him, don’t allow the age barrier get to you.
Will he win or not is not for us to comment, but he will certainly make the c’ship exciting again !
All the best for your recovery, Massa! Hope to see you soon…

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@ aston#008, I think Schumu would rather hold up button than hinder his fellow countryman Vettel.

Massa is out of intensive care and they say he’ll be out of hospital next week, so there’s no guarantee schumi will actually race…

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SCHUMACHERS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!  !!

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Why is everyone going on about ‘Schumy vs. Hamilton’? Schumacher will maul Hamilton in any sort of battle, I’m looking forward to Schumacher vs. Webber…

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I look foward to Valencia

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jeremy clarkson ha ha

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It’s gonna be like “the greatest” Muhammad Ali going to fight again in professional heavyweight boxing! Very entertaining to watch but…LOL!!!

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