Official: Schumacher to make F1 return

2010 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher will drive for the Mercedes F1 team in 2010
Michael Schumacher will drive for the Mercedes F1 team in 2010

Michael Schumacher will return to F1 with Mercedes Grand Prix, the team has announced.

The seven-times champion will form an all-German line-up with Nico Rosberg in 2010. Schumacher said he was “totally fired up for next year”.

He will be re-united with Ross Brawn, who guided Schumacher to all seven of his world championship victories at Benetton and Ferrari.

Speaking to the BBC Schumacher confirmed he was offered the deal in November and insisted that being able to work with Brawn was an important factor in his decision to return:

There was no other combination I would like to work for. Ross is a long-term friend and together we have both won races we shouldn’t have.
Michael Schumacher

In a statement on his official website Schumacher said:

Until recently, I was absolutely sure that I had ended my career as a race driver at Ferrari. But sometimes things change suddenly and unexpectedly. All of a sudden, the framework conditions aren’t the same anymore. At that point, you have to reconsider the decisions you’ve made. And, to tell the truth, the failed comeback attempt last summer gave me reason to reconsider my situation. I was surprised myself how fast and how strong I committed myself to this topic again. Apparently, my batteries recharged completely during the last three years. And when – thanks to Ross – the opportunity arose to drive for Mercedes GP, I realized that my old motivation was back, full of fresh energy and great force.
Michael Schumacher

Schumacher drove for Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship from 1990-1991, during which time he got his F1 break with Jordan.

He now has the chance to add to his record tally of wins (91), pole positions (68), fastest laps (76) and, of course, his seven world championships.

Since failing to return to F1 this year as a substitute for Felipe Massa Schumacher has kept busy, racing karts in Las Vegas (against Nelson Piquet Jnr and Sebastien Buemi) and winning Massa’s annual karting challenge in Brazil.

What’s your reaction to Schumacher’s return? Are you glad he’s back – or do you wish he’d stayed in retirement? Leave a comment below.

Schumacher and Mercedes

Image (C) Ferrari spa

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  1. Is anyone suspicious that Schumi left Ferrari once Alonso came in….

    1. I think it’s more telling that Di Montezemolo kept on harping about the need for a third car so they could let Schumacher race.

      I think when Schumacher made the mental switch to take Massa’s place and race again, he got committed and now feels the need to go through with it.

    2. Schumi’s got an old score to settle with Alonso in 2010…

      1. Yeah, well they first have to make certain that a young black guy doesn’t mess up there duel.

  2. Well at least we have a couple of new/rookie drivers for 2010. Seems F1 likes to live in the past.

  3. I hated the guy back when he was racing for Ferrari, and I’m going to hate him now. The thing is I also missed him like hell and I’m very, very glad he’s comming back.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. Strange isn’t it?!

      1. It’s simple actually. Now the races will be more fun now because you got someone you really hate and when he loses you will be very happy about it.

        1. He’s long been the driver I’ve loved to hate! Love him or hate him, F1 just hasn’t been the same since her left. And while I have never been a Schuey fan, I am salivating at the thought of him going head to head with Hamilton. I am also salivating at the thought of him going head to head with Ferrari. How many more sleeps until Bahrain? This summer is going to be torture !

  4. This is quite wonderful news.

    My respect for Ross Brawn has gone up tremendously – here is a man not only brilliant at orchestrating on-track results and building a wonderful team, he’s managed to land two major sponsorship coups and a sensational return of one of the greatest drivers of all time. His pragmatism and strategic foresight are evident outside the race track too.

    A retrospective on how the driver market jumps (Button jumping to McLaren etc.) enabled this result would be interesting.

    1. Agreed about Ross… Honda must be wondering how he’s managed all this in just twelve months. I’m so chuffed for the Brawn team that Ross has turned 2009’s fairy tale into a solid stable future.

    2. agreed bout Ross too.

  5. What’s all this about an ‘all-German team’? The Brawn – sorry, Mercedes – car is engineered and the team is run from Brackley, and the engines come from Northampton: both were still in GB last time I checked. The Team Principal is also British. Nico’s Dad is Finnish, Michael lives in Switzerland….and Mercedes’ largest shareholder is from the Middle East. German in name only. McLaren, however, in genuinely British in all respects apart from the drivers having taken themselves overseas to live, and they defy the British sporting norm by winning.

    1. As of 2007 Mclaren was 40% owned by DaimlerChrysler, 30% by the Bahrainis, 15% by Ron Dennis and 15% by Mansour Ojjeh

      1. yeah, thats just ownership though. Mclaren were still like 80% british. (the rest being Mercedes engine staff)

      2. The 40% of DaimlerChrysler is gonna be sold back this year.

    2. Yeah well to be honest you can hardly call McLaren setup a British dream team because it is all powered by a German engine.

      Schumacher for the 2010 WDC!
      Mercedes Benz for the WCC!

      1. because it is all powered by a German engine

        a German engine designed, engineered and built in England…by what used to be Ilmor

    3. By this logic, Renault and Red Bull are british teams, while Toyota was a German team. And this is not true.

    4. who cares…it’s all a global village. I am getting sick of all the ‘all British’ huff….

      Theres a reason merc left mclaren, the main reason they were sick of having the merc brand dragged thru the mud….

  6. Brackley Postal Workers to go on strike due to exponential increase in Love and Hate mail adressed one M.Schumacher C/O Mercedes GP Brackley

  7. Awesome. Much maligned and reviled, Michael Schumacher’s career record, to date, speaks for itself. Alonso, Hamilton and Schumacher on track together – couldn’t get much better in my book.

    Can’t wait for testing to begin. Hope and pray that Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes all manage to produce the cars that these great racers deserve.

    1. And Button, right? To bad Kimi is gone…

  8. That adds a whole new dimension to the 2010 season. 4 WDC’s, F1’s most successful driver comin back into the sport, can’t wait!

    I’m pretty sure the British press are licking their lips at the prospect of the all German Mercedes team fighting against the all British McLaren team…

  9. Snore, he’s had his run, if you’ve won 7 world championships what else to do have prove. It’s just one big massive ego trip.

  10. Snore, he’s had his run, if you’ve won 7 world championships what else do you have prove. It’s just one big massive ego trip.

  11. I guess this means the German GP will surely be sold out lol. Welcome back Michael…

  12. Wow, didn’t think it would happen but it has. Very good news for F1 and Mercedes GP and even though I never liked him very much, I’m happy and excited at the prospect of seeing Schumacher battle it out on the grid with the likes of Hamilton and Alonso next year. Such a shame Kimi’s not there….
    And poor poor Heidfeld, he best get that Sauber seat now.

    2010 is going to be epic!

  13. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
    23rd December 2009, 12:33

    Schumacher vs Senna

  14. It’s great news for the sport and the fans for sure! It’s going to be interesting to see him back. The last 2 years he was an active driver Fernando Alonso was the better of the 2. With Hamilton and Vettel we have 2 more drivers who can match their speed, but not their consistency so far. Should be exciting!

    I’m disappointed for Nico Rosberg though. Judging by the stories of Rubens Barrichello (He’s a winer, I know, but still) it’s almost certain we still won’t see how good Rosberg really is. He’s almost certainly going to be the second driver at that team. Sure, Schumey is experienced and Rosberg can probably learn a thing or 2, but he already drove F1 for 4 years now. To become Schumey’s little helper is kind of a waste of his potential, at least for another year (and he wasted 4 already!). One can only hope Ross Brawn will indeed treat them as complete equals, then we’ll see the difference.

    If they do treat them as total equals we’re going to have an interesting season. Alonso in a Ferrari, Schumacher in a Mercedes, Hamilton in a McClaren, Vettel in a Red Bull. Their teammates are also potential WDC’s (except maybe Webber). Also, let’s not forget the arrival of the new sensational Nico Hülkenberg. It’s going to be very interesting to see how he does at Williams. That car wasn’t that bad the past year. However, with the superdrivers mentioned above, he’s going to be one of them but probably not next year. Let’s see how he does against Barrichello. I think Kubica should perhaps reconsider. Renault gave Alonso probably the worst car of the field last year. Let him go back to Sauber, where he can team up with yet another very talented youngster, Kamui Kobayashi! Also, I’d like to know where Quick Nick Heidfeld will end up.

  15. Couldn’t be more delighted by the return of one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. Rejoining Champions – Button, Hamilton, Alonso and Champions in waiting – Vettel, Massa, Webber, Kubica – a dream grid. (Pity Kimi s not there too)He’s also spearheading the return of the legendary silver arrows in partnership with the man who has masterminded more championships than he has – Ross Brawn. Can’t wait for next season!

  16. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
    23rd December 2009, 12:38

    Hopefully this time Schumi wont have so many controversial “accidents”.

  17. I do agree, add Kimi and it would be perfect. Heidfeld in a Sauber-Ferrari wouldn´t be that bad, as it is the the 2010 BMW F1. Except from the 2009 modell their rides were very competitive.

    1. yeah I agree that the Sauber car should be competitive too. They have proved to be a team with a good eye for development (not necessarily good at big rule changes- 09)

  18. Poor Heidfeld, shafted again…!

    Oh well, should be interesting to see whether he’s still got it. It would take a brave man to bet against him doing well!

  19. I‘ve dicided to the Shanghai Prix in 2010
    I’m really excited to see him back again

  20. STRFerrari4Ever
    23rd December 2009, 13:10

    YES!!! my favourite driver of all time is back and with my favourite Car Manufacturer! :D
    2010 will be out of this world Schumi,Alonso,Hamilton,Vettel,Massa,Button,Rosberg! :D I’m ready to see some action!!!

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