Medical considerations may have prevented Michael Schumacher from returning to the Formula One grid for the upcoming European Grand Prix, but neither he nor Ferrari have given up hope. In an interview with Autosport, Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo revealed that the team is working towards expanding the number of cars to be campaigned from the current (and longstanding) pair to three cars. And if they get what they want, Montezemolo would gladly put Schumacher into the third car once he's fully recuperated from the neck injuries that put his current comeback plans on hold.

This isn't the first time we've seen Ferrari discuss the possibility of a third car. Schumacher's two-wheel counterpart Valentino Rossi recently said he would consider filling a third car for the team. Of course, a third car for Ferrari would mean third cars for all the teams, but Montezemolo says he'd rather face worthy adversaries in the form of three Renaults and three McLarens than bringing more start-up teams into the fold.

As for Luca Badoer, the test driver promoted to fill Felipe Massa's seat in Schumacher's stead, Montezemolo says they'll see how he works out before committing to Badoer's future role.

[Source: Autosport | Image Source: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty]

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