I have one personal theory, which I call "The Hand In The Bucket Of Water".
Take a bucket, fill it with water. Then place your entire hand in it. Remove your hand, and observe what happens. The water fills in behind the hand, and it appears that the hand never existed.
Now apply this theory to Michael Schumacher's retirement. Back when he was racing, this forum, and many others were flooded by legions of self-described devoted Schumacher fans. But now leap forward to the present, and observe just how little of those fans remain. My point? Fans soon forget, and they move on. The same could apply to Ferrari if they actually pull out of Formula One. First off, there will be a hue and cry,and the gnashing of teeth by Ferrari fans. It will eventually subside, and after a few years, people will forget, or become disinterested. After a decade, the circus known as Formula One will continue, there will be other teams, and Ferrari's legacy in Formula One will fall into the history books, just like Lotus, Brabahm, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Vanwall, Cooper, BRM, Eagle-Weslake, Matra, March, Tyrrell, Hesketh, Penske, Wolf, and Ligier.
If a budget cap is put in place, and the trend towards standardized parts, especially engines, continues, then many teams such as BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Ferrari, and Renault would be in a position where it becomes untenable to spend such lavish sums of money in Formula One. Ferrari are not unique, they are in the same boat as many others.
Right now, Monty is singing the blues. And the reason is obvious, Ferrari are in the midst of a horrible season. Just like a spoiled child not getting their way, Ferrari are suffering what I can only describe as a temper tantrum. Throwing toys around, wailing and crying for hours, and becoming a general nuisance to all. It's a shame, because I have a ton of respect for the fine people at Ferrari who really make it happen. The technicians, the scientists and researchers, the mechanics and the countless hard-working people who toil away from the glare of the media. But the people who stand in front of the cameras, the ones who command the media attention, the ones who make a small fortune each year, these people are blaming everyone but themselves. And the problem is, every team in Formula One all started equal this year, and while some succeed, some run mid-pack, and some struggle, Ferrari have found themselves with just 3 points, all because of their decisions. They are responsible for their situation,
Trust me on this one, Monty would not be making such an ass of himself if Ferrari were on top of the charts.
A proud Canadian, and yes, HOCKEY is our game.