Before the last two races of this season, the Lotus team is frantically looking for someone to jump into Kimi Raikkonen's car, who will undergo back surgery in Salzburg tomorrow, with which doctors will try to eliminate the consequences of the accident from the 2001 winter tests.
They wanted Nic Hulkenberg the most, but the Hulk turned down their subplot. The promised buyout of a 35% stake in the team by Quantum, which is supposed to solve the team's financial problems, is still not in sight, and there is less and less time to replace it. However, the German media report that Lotus confided in them that they had also offered Michael Schumacher a racing seat for the last two races, which he also refused after a quick procedure.
"We've received quite a few requests before," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told Bild about Lotus' offer. “Michael would definitely still be completely in shape, but now he has a new life.
The demand for Michael doesn’t surprise me, as many have changed their minds about Michael now that they see Nico Rosberg clashing with Lewis Hamilton. Michael raced at least as well as Nico, and Nico now drives as well as Lewis, ”added Kehm.
Lotus, which is still short of money, is said to have turned to another Finn, Heikki Kovalainen, after a series of rejections.
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