Surely Ralf Schumacher thought it wouldn't be that difficult for him to find a drive, after he left or was let go by Toyota. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that Toyota was less than happy paying the German an alleged 25 million dollars a year for a small helping of points.
Something weird struck me this morning, though. It has been announced that Ralf was slated to test for Force India, at the same time he was still hoping for a McLaren drive! This is a wide range of options for you! From best to worst!
Then there is the Prodrive thing. Not surprisingly, the team will not make the 2008 season, and probably will not enter F1 ever, after all. The customer car row seems far from a resolution, and the powers that be are unlikely to intervene, given that 22 cars on the grid is not that bad. I really do not think Prodrive will build its own chassis, and will likely not be the sport's 12th team.
I did not think it would be possible for Alonso to sit out a season. However, there is still a possibility that Renault will be punished for the alleged spy scandal of its own, with docking of points for the 2008 season, and in that case, I find it almost impossible that Alonso will drive for the team, at least while the punishment is being applied. This kind of leaves Alonso with nowhere to go, as Toyota seems pleased with the retaining of Timo Glock and Red Bull boss' Mateschitz has ruled out signing the Spaniard. It is a bit hard to imagine Alonso going to Force India...So, Alonso may yet take a sabbatical. I still believe Alonso let his emotions get the best of him, and he will pay dearly for this...
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