EDDIE JORDAN says Michael Schumachers return to Grand Prix racing at 40 will shake up a lacklustre Ferrari team. As predicted by LiteSport on Tuesday, Schumacher will replace the injured Felipe Massa at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on 23 August. Despite yesterdays denials from his agent Willi Weber and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, Schuey said: For loyalty rea- sons I cannot ignore the unfor- tunate situation at Ferrari. As the competitor I am, I very much look forward to facing this challenge. AndJordanbelievetheseven- times world champion, who replaces the injured Felipe Massa,willgivenon-flyingFinn Kimi Raikkonen a serious boot up the exhaust pipe. Raikkonen makes his debut in the World Rally Champion- ship event in his home country this weekend amid speculation is he is to quit at the end of a so-far winless season with Ferrari. Jordan,whogaveSchumacher his first drive at the top level in 1991,said:WelldonetoFerrari for making this happen, but especially well done to Michael because he has nothing to gain out of this, and a lot to lose. Ive been massively critical of Raikkonen, and I think this is going to be the big wake-up call for him. You will see a new Raikko- nen because he will not want to be disgraced by Michael. In fact, it could rejuvenate the whole of the Ferrari team which has been a bit lacklustre this year. But the competitive- ness of the car, and certainly of Schumacher, will drive them forward. Schumacher,though,willfirst have to undergo a rigorous training programme as he is understood to still be recover- ingfromneckandbackinjuries sustainedinamotorbiketestin Spain in February. Ferrari have confirmed Schu- macher, who is currently a 4m-a-year consultant at Fer- rari, will partake in a specific training regime but Jordan laughed: Schumacher is abso- lutely hardcore. Whether hes 20 or 40, Im not sure it will make a huge difference to his reactions. Schumacher, who won a record 91 races before retiring in 2006, added: The most important thing first: thank God,allnewsconcerningFelipe is positive, I wish him well. I met with (team principal) Stefano Domenicali and (presi- dent)LucadiMontezemoloand together we decided that I will preparemyself totaketheplace of Felipe. London Lite Thursday, 30 July 2009 35 SAracenBrendanventshisviewsalongWembleyway BRENDAN VENTER has taken his players to Wembley and warned: You wont stay here long if you dont put in effort. Ex-Springbok Venter, controversially appointed by the clubs South African backers before the departure of former Australia boss Eddie Jones last year, has shaken up the Sarries squad but insists he is not creating a South African franchise in English rugby. As the squad trained at Wembley yesterday ahead of their historic 12 September Guinness Premiership clash with Northampton at the national football stadium, Venter said: The players know that if they are not prepared to put in the effort on the field you will not stay at Saracens very long and we have high expectations. This Wembley match is a big thing for the club and we have to do the occasion justice. One ex-pat paper now insists on calling the team SAracens, based on a squad which has seen the arrival of Ernst Joubert, Frik Venter, Schalk Brits, Derick Hougaard, Mouritz Botha, Justin Melck and Ethienne Reynecke, who join compatriots Wikus van Heerden and Neil de Kock. Venter has also chosen to take Sarries to Cape Town next week but he insists: The claims earlier his year about bringing in a whole lot of South Africans was rubbish, it wasnt true. Yes, we brought in some South Africans, who I knew and were available. Jackson falls to Italian who sets a blokes time JO JACKSON was inspired by Federica Pellegrini after coming fourth in the 200m freestyle last night as the Italian claimed her second gold medal and third world record at the World Championships in Rome. Jackson, second in the 400m freestyle behind Italys first female swimming world champion, was once again caught in the 20-year-olds slipstream as she demolished the record she set 24 hours earlier. Jackson said: Amazing. That time she did tonight was unbelievable, it was like a blokes time. We are all inspired by what she did. It was one of six world records set in the evening session at the Foro Italico to add to Mary Descenzas 200m butterfly mark in the morning, bringing the total to 22. Briton David Davies was fifth in the 800m freestyle which saw Grant Hacketts mark destroyed by more than six seconds. Britains Michael Rock was seventh in the 200m butterfly where American Michael Phelps dispelled any doubts he may have had following his shock 200m free defeat to lower his own world mark. Conquered in Rome: Jo Jackson Quintessential optimistBrian backshisboys BRIAN MCDERMOTT insists he remains 100 percent confident about Harlequins RLs play-off hopes, despite watching them lose their last six engage Super League games. Quins latest defeat came against St Helens on Saturday. They have now slipped to ninth place in the table, with the top eight qualifying for the play-offs. Coach McDermott said: Our performance in the second half gives us a positive to take from the game and build upon. Saints were very good in the first half and their mental state beat us to the punch. Theres a lesson there for our boys about how to mentally prepare for a game. Quins travel to Bradford on Sunday but they will be without suspended England centre Tony Clubb. Jordan backing Schuey to fire up failing Ferrari LITESPORT Michaels return will drive the team on by neal collins MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is not ruling out the possibility of standing in for stricken Ferrari driver Felipe Massa They could also turn to Italian Formula Two driver Mirko Bortolotti, 19, who impressed during Testing last year Schumacher to consider replacing injured MassaBY NEAL COLLINS WHO WILL FILL THE HOT SEAT? MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (main pic) Injured his back on a motorbike in February but has been karting since LUCA BADOER (top left) Two years younger than Schuey at 38 but pointless in 49 Grands Prix MARC GENE (top right) Spaniard did once manage sixth for Minardi in 1999 but at 34, no rising star MIRKO BORTOLOTTI (left) Won the Formula Three title last year but at 19, hes one for the future Schu better believe it: Michael Schumacher celebrates his 91st at last win in Shanghai in 2006, left, and his return, as predicted in Tuesdays LiteSport, inset, will provide a spur for winless Kimi Raikkonen, top, in the absence of Felipe Massa, above, injured in Hungary on Saturday by harry lane Great expectations: Venter at Wembley yesterday index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html