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Mansell may (or may not) be a simple person but Schumacher is anything but. He might be a piece in a big game but I very much doubt if he's a small pawn. And I stick to my belief that not even Ecclestone could have inveigled him back if Schumacher didn't believe 2010 could be another championship year for him.

Here's the book to read if you have any doubts about Bernie's influence in not only F1 but all of the FIA motor sports!

Bernie's Game by Terry Lovell. Published in 2003 but history repeats it self...

What you saying is preposterous & (almost) unbelievable! Bernie arranging for Mansell's but-out & return, then his shafting out of F1 again ? .. But when you present it that the real intended shaftee was CART .. Now that makes sense! Yeah, I can believe it, but to do so indicates a new low even for Bernie. Or maybe just a window on how low Bernie really is. Pretty despicable.

Mansell was less than impressive in his final days in F1, finally parking the very expensive "Big Mac" while it was in fully working order, claiming that it was undriveable. A lot of whether a driver gets into a car has to do with with the ability and motivation of the driver. If the combination of desire, the car, the team and the commercial aspects can come together then Bernie can make it happen. If not then Bernie is smart enough to know that there is no point in forcing the issue. In Schumacher's case I think Bernie was a catalyst who had an idea and once Schumacher bought into it Bernie might have had a role in greasing the wheel here and there.

I've been watching this thread and the previous one for a week now. I can't hold back any longer. Obviously, Norris aced his creative writing classes back in the day, but if anything it was Massa's crash that brought Schumacher his opportunity to re-enter the sport or at least hint at a comeback. Wonder if Bernie loosened a bolt on Barichello's Brawn to make it happen? Grab that one Norris....now that would take some real creative writing.

One could imagine if Schumacher had been 100% ready to go late last season (neck and all), then he would've been cruising in a Ferrari. Ecclestone would've had nothing to do with that. And if the flying Cement Post had not transferred to McLaren, you would've seen Schumacher in a third Ferrari courtesy of Jean Todt, the new head of the FIA.

The lastest rumor is Brother Ralf driving for Peter Windsor. He's the perfect driver to bring up the back of the grid and spin out on Lap 2. Getting that safety car out early makes for an exciting race later on. Brother Ralf would be truly gifted that way.

Norris, if you want to write a truly credible story...follow up on what a previous poster said about Mansell and CART and how Ecclestone systematically (and succesfully) submarined that series along with the France family.

You're absolutly spot on about Bernie, his powers can never be underestimated, both within and outside racing.

Had to laugh about a post on one of the F1 websites about Michael having to further explain to the disappointed Tifosi about his Mercedes decision. After the shabby treatment at Ferrari and essentially being forced to retire, I'd say it's just rewards.

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