The reason Schumi bailed was Kimi. Not being 100% fit serves as a good excuse as he would have lost, complaining about the neck after the race would have just been classic racing driver excuses which are always bullshit. Loosing against the unfit one time champion alcoholic who sucks at driving and is not interested in F1 anymore (which is all rubbish) would just shit all over Schumi's reputation as the best driver of all times.
And if Badoer was that fast he wouldn't be a full time test driver would he?
To be fair the S2000 cars are faster and can take much more bashing than the N-group cars. But he wasn't the slowest S2000 car and was doing well considering his rally experience. Crashes happen and it's part of the game, and I think it's better than having to pull over for technical reasons.
You also have to remember that you can upgrade any car to full race car with Rxxx PI like it was said earlier. So I'd imagine there will be a lot of parts to install and stuff to weak, I think adjustable turbo pressure was mentioned some time ago as a new feature.
I think it's quite neat looking small car. Doesn't try too hard and isn't retro like the new Mini or Fiat 500 posted above, and it's not an Opel either. I could buy one if I had the money and they sold it here.
I'm pretty sure it will not happen. Bringing someone outside Ferrari would just be a big hassle for the team, new working methods for the driver, new people and everything. Not even to mention possible contract obligations what Ferrari has with their spare drivers or what kind of contract Alonso is with Renault. Plus how would Ferrari feel having a driver from another team racing in the same series driving their car and getting to know it? Not going to happen, if Alonso doesn't already have contract with Ferrari like the Spanish papers would like you to believe.
As I said, I got no idea what sort of sizes we are talking about here. Besides, mechanical failures and steward not using the black flag properly is different from letting a car with loose wheel on the track.
edit: QS: Just to make it clear, I don't think the penalty was not right and well deserved. But I just think that if it wasn't for Surtees, and the reminder with Massa, they would have escaped the penalty.
I think I missed the last year French GP, but I imagine a tire is more heavier than small bits of metal and will carry more momentum and force on impact? And did they knew? FIA claim Renault knew exactly what was going on but didn't do anything.
The penalty on Renault is harsh and would not have been given without the accidents we've seen in a week. My heart missed a beat when I saw the wheel finally coming off, and I think the stewards had a similar experience.
Probably just to make things quicker because you can upgrade pruction cars all the way up to R classes (race cars). Imagine all the button pressing if you wanted to buy a car and make it a Rxxx racer (as R class also have PI), it's just to speed things up.