Gené: Ferrari's third car was for Schumacher
29 December 2009 – Michael Schumacher would have returned to Formula 1 full-time with Ferrari next year, had the three-car-per-team rule been accepted by governing body the FIA - that is the opinion of team test driver Marc Gené, who has since seen the 7-time World Champion reunite with former colleague Ross Brawn at Mercedes.
"It hurts to see Schumacher leave our team," Spaniard Gené said in his column for newspaper El Mundo. "I am convinced that, if the rules allowed us to run a third car per team, Michael would be with us next year, but now we can only thank him for all he has done at Ferrari and try to defeat him next year. At Ferrari we are ready for it - Alonso and Massa will make it a difficult season for him."