There are some among you who may be aware of my avid interest in Formula One racing. I'm the kind of gal who gets excited about engines, downforce adjustments, and tyre rules. Throughout the F1 season from May to October, I will voluntarily rise at 3 am on a Sunday just to watch cars qualify on a circuit overseas. I do stop short at face-painting, flag-waving, and team jersey/hat wearing. I may be a lot of things, people, but Eurotrash is not one of them.
As a Ferrari supporter, my life has been dark and dreary since Michael Schumacher retired from the sport in October 2006. He was the most winning driver in the history of motorsport, but was known as much for his arrogance, his catty comments about other drivers, and his occasional bad behaviour. He was a big part of what made F1 so much fun to watch. It was like Melrose Place with WAY better looking men.
The 2007 season has been less than stellar in my opinion. The sad departure of big-mouths like Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve left a gaping hole of nice guys who thank their dads and talk about how nice everyone on their team is. If I wanted to enjoy the banality of generous sportsmanship, I'd watch golf.
So imagine my EXCITEMENT when rumours began to surface that Schumacher could return to Ferrari. Yes, he remains part of the team as CEO Jean Todt's assistant, but nothing more. Then last weekend, he got back into the car for a test drive/photo op at Ferrari's anniversary event in Fiorano. I knew it was a seed of hope that would never sprout, but in my dream, he snatches the keys from Kimi Raikkonen and says "Give me back my car, bitch!" and drives Ferrari to another Constructor's Championship.
So thanks GPupdate.net, for using a necksnapping headline like "Schumi enjoys comeback in Ferrari F1 car" to make me jump out of my desk at work, flail my arms around and shout "YES!!!!!!" for all to hear. You're a bunch of Dreamcrushers, and I don't like you very much right now.