Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Schuey’s excellent adventure

Ever wonder what a retired Formula 1 star does for fun? If you’re none other than seven times World Champion Michael Schumacher, you’re probably busy “Jet Setting” around the globe.

Thus Herr Schumacher has just “wowed” the crowds; including reigning Moto GP champion Casey Stoner with his ride aboard the Australian’s Ducati at Valencia.

After handing over his “Scooter” to Schuey, the 38 year old German went out and set a time that was only 5 seconds off of the overall lap record and just 1 second behind ex-Moto GP multiple champion Kevin Schwantz.
Meanwhile Ferrari has confirmed that Schumacher will test its double World Champion F2007 chassis next week at Fiorono, Ferrari’s home test track in Maranello.

The test is claimed to be for technical evaluations of the upcoming season’s rules changes, when traction control and “Driver aids” will be banned. But Schumacher has divulged his desire to drive the car is also for fun. While Team Principal Jean Todt said he’d be happy to indulge Michael whenever he wishes to drive one of their chassis.

And all of this comes amidst speculation fueled by Williams co-owner Patrick Head’s recent statements alluding to the possibility of Ron Dennis hiring Schuey as Alonso’s replacement for 2008?

Yet Michael must still have sponsorship endorsements as Forbes magazine gave him the top power ranking for racing drivers, number 24. Interestingly the top three weren’t Oval Track phenoms.

Schuey was ranked ahead of 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and Moto GP superstar Valentino Rossi, while the top Roundy Round boy was Jeff “Pretty Boy” Gordon. And bringing up the rear was none other than the Princess. (Danica)

Motorsports salaries(Forbes; Not overall rankings)

1. Kimi Raikkonen $40 million
2. M. Schumacher $36m
3. Valentino Rossi $30m
4. Jeff Gordon $24.5m
5. Danica Patrick $5m

And with Michael having made his big screen debut in Disney’s blockbuster Cars movie, one must wonder why he’d return to Formula 1 as he really has nothing left to prove…