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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.
With Felipe Massa having been injured in Hungary and Schumacher eventually failing to replace the Brazilian due to physical problems of his own, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo suggested the idea of each team entering three cars in 2010; according to Gené, the Scuderia's line-up would have consisted of Schumacher plus Massa and Fernando Alonso, had the rule been put into place.
"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."
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