'Schu run would have been fun'

Saturday 16-November-2013 16:50

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez says as a Formula One fan it would have been "intriguing" to see Michael Schumacher in a Lotus.

Following Kimi Raikkonen's withdrawal from the last two races of this season, Lotus called up seven-time World Champion Schumacher to replace him.

However, the German, who retired from the sport at the end of last year, said no.

"We wanted an experienced driver," Lopez explained to Autosport. "He was not rated higher or less than Heikki [Kovalainen], but we did place calls to different people to see who was where and where they stand.

"I still am very much a fan of F1, and as a fan it would have been intriguing. I don't know if he seriously considered it, I don't know if we were serious, but we thought we should place the call.

"He was on the list of seven. That is it. It would have been fun, maybe."

But more than the team's decision to ask Schumacher, many are wondering why Lotus did not turn to test driver Davide Valsecchi whose job description it is to fill in for injured drivers. Instead the team signed Caterham tester Heikki Kovalainen.

"If we were at race 10 or 11, he would be in the car for one, two, three or four races because he deserves to drive," Lopez said of Valsecchi.

"But him wanting to drive is like a young guy: you want to have a drink, you know it's not good for you and your parents say it is not good for you, but you still want to.

"We know it would not be good for him to come into the last two races when you are fighting Ferrari,

"In his shoes I would kill to drive. To be fair to him - he totally deserves the drive but doesn't deserve to be put in the position where he has to, with Romain [Grosjean], put us in third place or even more in the Constructors' Xhampionship."

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