segedunum wrote:WhiteBlue wrote:Reikkonen was always Montezemolo's man. Todt was dead against employing him as he wanted to continue with Schumacher into 2007.
Hmmmmmm, that's certainly not my understanding of the situation. While Todt and Brawn would certainly have wanted Schumacher to carry on as a first choice, when it became clear that he wasn't going to stay on or commit to anything Brawn took a sabbatical and it was Todt who lined up Raikkonen as a replacement. He had a long history of preferring Finnish drivers and their personalities within rallying circles and he was the one who was OK with Raikkonen snowmobiling just before his first Australian GP victory. For some reason Todt had taken a set against ever employing Fernando Alonso while he was there, hence Raikkonen being recruited.Chasing away Brawn, Todt and Schumacher in favor of Reikkonen may be the dumbest thing that Montezemolo has ever done.
Quite possibly. I still don't completely understand the circumstances around Todt's departure and Brawn had the Team Principal job at Ferrari down as his first choice. I'm certainly suspicious about what happened around Nigel Stepney, but we'll never know there I suppose. It seems as though the Latin connection did them both out there, and the word 'Latin' has been used in an awful lot of interviews with Montezemolo and Domenicali.
I'm certainly not keen on the vibes coming out of Maranello. For those of us who remember the early 90s and times in the 80s it seems slightly familiar.
Tom Rubython wrote:The sense of despair from Schumacher was obvious. He is the one driver on the grid who genuinely loves Formula One. He lives and breathes it. Whilst some other multiple world champions have rushed into retirement, he seemed set to drive on into his 40s. He was clearly not ready to retire after 16 seasons of racing, nearly double the average career span and equalling the career of Ricardo Patrese....
The countdown for Schumacher’s demise had begun on 25th August 2005 when Räikkönen signed a one-year option which gave Ferrari the right, within a certain time period, to employ him, at a salary of around US$45 million, for three years from 2007 to 2009 with options to renew beyond that. The option price had never been confirmed but was rumoured around the paddock to be US$5 million...
But as 2006 began, Montezemolo realised he didn’t want that. Signing Rossi was Todt and Schumacher’s plan. He wanted Räikkönen, his man, in the car for 2007, and started scheming to get his way. It may seem ridiculous that Montezemolo had effectively to politic within his own company, but that is the way it was. Todt had made Ferrari his own fiefdom, much to the annoyance of Montezemolo.....
It was never part of Montezemolo’s plan to get rid of Todt, he simply wanted to break up the Todt-Brawn-Schumacher alliance that so effectively controlled the team. And it appears that the battleground was drawn over Michael Schumacher, with both men determined to get their way.
But Montezemolo was more determined.
During the 2005 season Montezemolo decided he didn’t want Valentino Rossi even though he had a firm option to join the team. He persuaded Rossi not to take it up and stay in MotoGP. This decision upset Schumacher who could see what it meant.....
When Schumacher learned the news, he told Montezemolo he wanted until the end of the season to make up his mind about whether he would stay and partner Räikkönen. In the meantime, he didn’t want any announcement made about Räikkönen. But Montezemolo was not having any of that. He wanted the situation resolved and told Schumacher he wanted his decision by Monza, when he would announce Räikkönen. By then it appears Ross Brawn had also decided he would leave if Schumacher did. That news was leaked to journalists to pile pressure on Montezemolo.
The writing was on the wall. Montezemolo had come this far and was not about to turn back. Montezemolo won the battle: Schumacher would not drive with Räikkönen and would
instead announce his retirement. But the decision was very much against his will...
Mike Doodson wrote:And then, of course, there's Michael Schumacher. Three years ago, when he announced his retirement, it was self-evident that he'd be back. Here was a man who was born to race, whose competitive instincts went back to the age of 4 and who was evidently being prematurely squeezed out at Ferrari in the clash of wills between Jean Todt and Luca di Montezemolo. On the beach at 37, it was obvious that Schuey would rapidly get tired with sitting at home with Corinna and counting his money.
Schumi, pre-Christmas 2009 wrote:I was tired of F1 by the end of 2006...
Yeah that's fair, patience is needed until primary sources confirm the whole affair. Until then all we can do is read secondary sources who do seem to be consistent with each other thusfar.WhiteBlue wrote:If you expect anybody to confirm that story you will have to wait a long time. Schumacher in particular will never criticise his team or reveal inner secrets.
For me the story fits all the events that I have observed over the years and I'm convinced that it is pretty close to the truth. All the mentioned events certainly have happened and many are confirmed by second sources.
WhiteBlue wrote:Alonso has made careful moves to dampen the Tifosi's expectations.
He said that it may take years for Ferrari to win the championship again as it was the case when Schumacher joined Ferrari 1996.
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