In a bid to find a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen for the final two races of the 2013 season, it has been revealed that Lotus attempted to bring seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher out of retirement for a second time.
However, their desire for the German’s return failed as he has settled in to his new life away from the sport.
Schumacher first retired after the 2006 season following a successful career with Ferrari.
In 2009 he was linked to a return to Ferrari in order to replace the injured Felipe Massa.
This failed, but he did make a comeback the following year as a Mercedes driver. He finally hung up his crash helmet for a second time to make way for Lewis Hamilton’s arrival.
It was confirmed by the 44-year-old’s manager, Sabine Kehm, that Lotus had approached Michael.
She told German newspaper Bild: "There have been quite a few requests in the past. Michael would still be fit enough but he has a new life.
"I don’t find it unusual that people ask Michael. Many people change their assessment about Michael because of Nico Rosberg’s recent performances compared to those of Lewis Hamilton. Michael drove as well as Nico, just as Nico is driving as well as Lewis."
It is uncertain which driver was approached first, as it was confirmed yesterday that Nico Hulkenberg was asked by the Lotus team to join them for the US and Brazilian Grand Prix.
It does seem increasingly certain that Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will drive for the Enstone-based team, as Spanish paper El Confidencial believe reserve driver Davide Valsecchi is out of the running.
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