Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hinted that Michael Schumacher will have a part to play in the development of the new Ferrari F2008, referring to the multiple F1 champion as the team's 'third driver'.

Schumacher, who retired from the sport at the end of the 2006 season, has already returned to the cockpit after testing the F2007 prior to Christmas but now looks set to play a part again for the team during the coming year as the team seeks to reclaim the titles it won last season.

"Like only Fangio and Scheckter before him, Raikkonen won the title with us in his first year," di Montezemolo was quoted by La Stampa when asked about the teams drivers for the coming campaign. "Now he knows the car and the team better, so it can only improve more.

"Massa has shown he is a winner, and especially in the races he always thinks about the team. The strength of Ferrari is our teamwork.

"And then there is a third driver, Schumacher. We can rely on his experience of driving without traction control."

Raikkonen is so far the only driver to have tested the F2008 after a brief run at Fiorano earlier this week, with Massa set to have his first test in the car next week at Jerez.

 

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