Official: Michael Schumacher to return for Ferrari in the European Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher will drive Felipe Massa's Ferrari in Valencia

Michael Schumacher will drive Felipe Massa's Ferrari in Valencia

We had only just begun talking about who might replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari and now it has been confirmed:

Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1 in the European Grand Prix driving alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

Schumacher said on his official website:

I was meeting this afternoon with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo and together we decided that I will prepare myself to take the place of Felipe.

Though it is true that the chapter Formula 1 has been closed for me since long and completely, it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation. But as the competitor I am I also very much look forward to facing this challenge.

Schumacher will be racing the F60 – a car he has never driven – at the Circuito Urbano Valencia – a track he hasn’t raced on before.

Last year’s European Grand Prix was derided as a boring procession. I fancy we might have something rather more interesting to talk about in three-and-a-half weeks’ time.

Saddened though we all have been by Massa’s crash – and relieved at his continued recuperation – it will be a thrill to see Schumacher up against the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

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317 comments on Official: Michael Schumacher to return for Ferrari in the European Grand Prix

  1. Pedro Andrade said on 29th July 2009, 18:59

    It will be great to have Schumacher once again. Lets see if he is up to the challenge.

  2. Tarek said on 29th July 2009, 19:00

    Would love to see Schumi back in a F1 car, but have to wonder if it’s a good idea for him, especially since he won’t get to sit in the car until race week.

    Definitely looking forward to it, though.

  3. Eric said on 29th July 2009, 19:00

    How long will he race? As long as Massa is out? And, HOW MUCH IS FERRARI PAYING HIM?

    • Casino Square said on 29th July 2009, 19:31

      Dicky Weber was just saying yesterday he was 200% sure Schumi wasn’t coming back, which inevitably will have raised his salary even higher. Remember, he’s the man who made Ralf Schumacher a multi billionaire- he can produce money from thin air when he’s got Michael

      • just me said on 29th July 2009, 20:57

        I’m learning F1-speak:
        “200% sure Michael isn’t coming back” seem to translates as:

        “200%” = we are asking a 200% increase of Ferrari’s last offer .

        “sure” = and throw in a few other long-term goodies for Micheal’s long-term marketing contracts for Ferrari.

    • Williams 4ever said on 29th July 2009, 22:43

      And, HOW MUCH IS FERRARI PAYING HIM?

      He is under Ferrari contract for 2009 and No chance of 2010 renewal (But of course things may change based on increase in viewership, public interest etc).

  4. Mahir C said on 29th July 2009, 19:02

    No disrespect to Massa but it will be great to have a true racer not just a racing driver back. And he doesnt have championship to think about, I think he will be taking risks.

  5. Spud said on 29th July 2009, 19:02

    One big name leaves, another MASSIVE name arrives.

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I bet Willy Weber feels daft now.

  6. sato113 said on 29th July 2009, 19:02

    it will be until massa is fit again which could be spa or monza. would LOVE to seee schumi race at Spa again- a track he knows and loves.

    • spanky the wonder monkey said on 30th July 2009, 10:50

      i’d be very very surprised to see massa back for spa. fractured skulls don’t fix themselves that quickly. then there’s bound to be follow up medical approvals based on the blow to the head. may be wrong, but gut feeling says we won’t see FM back to race spec for at least 2 months, if not the remainder of the season.

  7. TMAX said on 29th July 2009, 19:04

    WOOOW…..I cant Wait till 23rd……….

    Though personally thrilled to see him in a F1 racer again. It is also not the best idea Once you have stopped at the healm of the sport with a spectacular year. He should not leave behind any unsuccessful tastes later on.

    The problem for Kimi, Massa, Montzemelo and Domencilli would be if he goes on to win a race. They will look bad for various reasons in their shoes.

  8. Pedro Andrade said on 29th July 2009, 19:08

    Hey, has anyone noticed a big team quit the sport today? ;)

  9. Sei said on 29th July 2009, 19:11

    oh my god!

    …It’s going to be interesting if he does better than kimi!

  10. GQsm said on 29th July 2009, 19:13

    I am very surprised, I have to wonder why he bothered retiring if he’s not going to stick to it.
    Quiting while still at the top with his health fully intact and F1 records held aloft seemed an intelligent decision to me. A lot of sportsmen fail in that area and quit only when there are people better than themselves or their fitness/health has deteriorated, either way their glory days don’t shine so bright as they exit.

    Saying that, for me he was F1’s greatest driver and I expect a high level of excitement and expectation with him back in F1, so personally it should be entertaining even if I think he is doing the wrong thing.

    Him and Hamilton battling could make for an interesting sight with both capable of being über aggressive.

    Role on Valencia

  11. Top 5 teams for 2010?

    Ferrari – Alonso, Shuey?? nah! ??? Kubica?
    Maclaren – Hamilton, Rosberg
    Red Bull – Vettel, Webber
    Brawn – Button, Senna
    Renault – Kubica/Heidfeld, Grosjean

    • skuzz said on 29th July 2009, 20:08

      Rosberg wont be going to Mclaren! far to over rated! the rest of those sound good though… dont forget we have 3 more teams coming into F1 at the end of the year and i think they’ll be looking at getting some experience on side…

      Toyota are leaving 2 dont forget. i wouldn’t be surprised if heikki is still there next year even though he’s rubbish!

      • Williams 4ever said on 30th July 2009, 10:52

        heikki is still there next year even though he’s rubbish!

        – Are you McLaren Strategist to make that comment:-? The World knows, his car gets developments later than Lewis’s car and not to mention qualification fuel Compromise he has over Lewis every Q3 segment of Qualifiers.

        I Guess they must be leaving you out of those discussions

        • skuzz said on 30th July 2009, 16:00

          no matter who gets the updates heikki is rubbish! you no it as well as i do! look at last years WDC where was heikki when hamilton had a ferrari breathing down his neck? oh yeah i forgot either he was walking back to the pits or fighting a redbull in 7th and now im talking about when he had the exact same car.

  12. Chaz said on 29th July 2009, 19:14

    Great stuff. I wonder what Kimi thinks…

    • SaloolaS said on 29th July 2009, 20:28

      He doesn’t care about it

    • Hallard said on 29th July 2009, 21:16

      You mean you wonder what Kimi’s pre-programmed response is? Im pretty sure he’s a cyborg…

    • Kherubim said on 30th July 2009, 3:00

      He’s probably off somewhere, having a “s***”.

      How would having Schumi in the car help raise the game for the entire team? He’s been there in an advisor capacity and that didn’t seem to help them much last year.

      I think he would probably do not much better than Kimi (i.e. middle of top ten during qualy and scoring points)

  13. LynnD said on 29th July 2009, 19:15

    This is the craziest day in F1 for many years… cannot WAIT to see Schumi up against Kimi, Lewis and (hopefully) Jenson and Alonso.

    What a day!?!

  14. TMAX said on 29th July 2009, 19:16

    I guess Valencia might not miss Fernando much now as all the attention would be on Schuey…. Even BMW would lack the attention there.

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