Official: Schumacher to make F1 return

2010 F1 season

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

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209 comments on Official: Schumacher to make F1 return

  1. Totally shocked that hes coming back didnt see this at all

  2. Hot 121 said on 24th December 2009, 17:28

    let the season begin

  3. where does this leave rosberg….he really needs a no 1 drive in a winning car.

  4. Michael will be very competitive in 2010! So of course will be Hamilton and Alonso. The biggest question is who will have the best car to fit the new rules and tires.

  5. theRoswellite said on 25th December 2009, 5:03

    How about a little reality check to end the year…

    As most of us seem to have forgotten, or been too young to experience, one M. Schmacher had a very long career quite liberally laced with unsportsman-like behavior, which is a kind of ultimate understatement.

    The good news is that the powers that be at MB will certainly expect/demand behavior more appropriate to the icon he has become…a conversation that Ferrari could never quite manage.

    We are not going to be treated to MS duelling for wins and the championship because…(you can fill in this gap yourself)…try, Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Massa or Button!

    And, don’t worry about Nico. He won’t be seeing much of his teammates tail lights. In a word, youth will be served. And if anyone thinks MS will act as a mentor, you need to grab a dictionary…mentor is generally mentioned as positive attribution.

    Admittedly this is a good move for Mercedes-Benz.

    They will reap the world wide media coverage surrounding Michael’s return, and MS won’t need to be leading the field to generate copy. If he is unable to keep up then reasons for his retirement will be manifest, especially to Michael himself.

    Age is an unrelenting task master, even for the sporting genius of this ultimate champion.

  6. great to see shuee back in action after his retierment,2010 is going to be a great seson with shuee and mercedes

  7. I am absolutely THRILLED.

    F1 without Schumi to me was like the sky without the sun. I lost interest in F1 when he retired, and always wished, he would retire from his retirement and race again. Well, my wish has come true.

    91 wins din’t seem right. It has to cross 100. I think now it has a chance to.

  8. I think this unretirement will be more Michael Jordan than Lance Armstrong.

  9. Sergei said on 26th December 2009, 5:11

    I think that Michael decided to unretire when Ross showed him the sketch of triple diffuser. Or a quadriple one…
    Brawn’s hat is full of rabbits and he will breeze Schumi to 100 wins and 8 championships.

  10. Mickey O'Toole said on 27th December 2009, 1:41

    I think it can only be good for F1. There are more teams, the playing field is much more level (altho I would like to see refuelling still, & revs limited to 20K, or more), & a good array of driver abilities. I am a McLaren fan, but most importantly I love to see the top drivers drive at their very best in the best cars. Can we try & weed out all the races/tracks where overtaking is impossible.. there are so many :-(
    This includes my own Australian race. Overtaking at 300+km/hr is something to behold!!!

  11. Mickey O'Toole said on 27th December 2009, 1:46

    And I must admit, I always thought Michael retired too early. Was he pushed into it.. I don’t know. Either way, considering the issues of 2009, & talk of a breakaway, it will be a season to behold!!!

  12. stella said on 27th December 2009, 20:49

    I dont like Schumacher, never have never will. At 41 hes going to need his eyes tested so he doesnt miss the Mclarens of Hamilton and Button. speed pass him on the track. Mclaren all the way!! British team, British drivers VS The Germans of Mercedes.

    • It is a present for other drivers that schumi will be in the same truck with them that hamilton, button and alonso can learn some from him

  13. Well I had left watching F-1 since Shumi left but, now I am looking forward for next Seasons as things are poised nicely as person (Alonso) who took is Tile last time he raced will be lead racer for Ferrari…
    n’ also new World Champion Button n’ former champion Hamilton n’ Kimi things are surly going to heat up this season………….
    I can’t wait for 1st round to begin…..

  14. Well I had left watching F-1 since Shumi left but, now I am looking forward for next Seasons as things are poised nicely as person (Alonso) who took is Tile last time he raced will be lead racer for Ferrari…
    n’ also new World Champion Button n’ former champion Hamilton things are surly going to heat up this season…………
    But, I will miss Kimi for sure……. why?? you left Kimi WRC!!! Citogen What the hell went in your head….

    but anyways, I can’t wait for 1st round to begin…..

  15. schumi is the best driver ever I don’t think any other driver will come like him in 100 years or more.

  16. we can say from now nico rosberg will be the new champion of the future because he will learn a lot of things from schumi

  17. I think that he is only taking the chance of Ross Brawn. You are who you are til you die, and he is a racer. This is good for F1. Well done¡¡,Good luck Schumacher. Never say never.

  18. Dominic De Leon said on 6th January 2010, 17:35

    i am more than happy that Schumacher is back in the F1 game!!
    now we really see lots of action…

    yippy!!!!
    loving this year’s F1 season can’t wait for it to star.

    HAPPY NEW EVERY1… :-)

  19. Comment? Okay, This is inspirational to me. Here is a guy that even in a “slump” has more of a gift than I will ever have even in peak performance. That being said, nothing is ever really over when so much potential still exists.

    Rock on Shoomy!

  20. donaiwan said on 15th January 2010, 5:00

    that’s the news i am waiting since the news about him to replace Massa’s place. Welcome back Schumi.good luck!

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