• Sep 15, 2006
So what does a former F1 pilot do during retirement? Keep on truck-- err, driving.

According to an article in Sporting Life, Ferrari's engineers are concerned about Kimi Raikkonen's capacity to develop and test their vehicle at the same level Schumacher did during his tenure with the team. Raikkonen will be taking over driving duties for Michael Schumacher, who announced his retirement last week. Although Schumacher has confirmed that he'll be staying with the team for an undisclosed period of time, it was not assumed that the former world champion would fill the test driver position.

Ferrari's chief race engineer, Luca Baldisserri put it best, saying, "After all, driving is the thing [Schumacher] loves most."

[Source: Sporting Life]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I vote for him to replace the Stig on TopGear!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I vote the stig to replace Shumi on Ferrari...
      • 8 Years Ago
      They have to retain him in some capacity. It would be a disaster to have him test driving for another team. Greatest.....driver.....evar!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the rumors are true that Ferrari forced Shumi out of driving, how about he sign on with a German marque, BMW or Mercedes, and see what happens. His countrymen would love it and it would be fun to watch next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's possibly even a better job, much less stress and you still get to drive F1 cars.

      But being the stig would be the best job in the world. If only my "I am the stig" shirt was actually true :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      i can't believe noone's commented yet on the ridiculous picture with him straddling the front tire. looks like the car's giving him the shocker or something.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Ferrari laptops are kind of tacky, but the Ferrari suit is worse.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice jacket, there is no better person for the test driver then Schu.
      TheF1Maestro
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope he takes Fernando's place at Renault to shove it up Montzemolo's ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am gonna start watching the test drives instead of the races if thats the case:D
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am the stig.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't get it. If he is still going to devote all of that time to be a test driver then why not just stay on as lead race driver? If he was retiring to go sale the caribbean then I could understand he reason for wanting to leave, but to test drive? He's basically decided to do only the boring work of driving, and none of the fun (the racing!)