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.

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209 comments on Official: Schumacher to make F1 return

  1. Shery said on 24th December 2009, 4:46

    It is a great news for formula one as i know many people who left watching formula one after the retirement of Micael Schumacher.So f1 will be at its peak of popularity as he will bring lot of fans along with him.with 4 worldchampions on the gruid.2010 is goin to be an epic season.i really doubt he is going to outperform hamilton or alonso.but given a good car he can rule the field again.

  2. Absolutely Awesome news that Schumi is back, (huge fan, followed MS since SC to F1 & beyond)lets not forget that Schumi is one of very few (now current) F1 drivers that has experience running on heavy tanks & on slicks, although the latter are a lot narrower than he raced on in 92-93 seasons. it is also brilliant that we see the current & very well deserved Champ Jenson Button compete in a simular engined car against the great Schumi, we’re in for some amazing racing. Rock on 2010

  3. i cant wait for march……inspite iam a fan of massa,i hav to appreciate schumi for his brave decision……….

    • people seem to forget that all schumacher did was cheat and then throw tantrums when he didnt get away with it.

      • David A said on 25th December 2009, 14:37

        people seem to forget that all schumacher did was cheat and then throw tantrums when he didnt get away with it.

        All he did was cheat? The comments are actually getting more stupid, can you believe…

        • can i believe what? that people would support a cheater over a sportsman!! that is what sports are supposed to be about arnt they, who can do the best on a (roughly) level playing field. when one person is not playing by the rules, to me he doesnt warnt anyones support.

          • David A said on 29th December 2009, 16:53

            You’ve ranted on and on, but haven’t justified “all schumacher did was cheat”. But I will stop now. I won’t feed a troll. Not one who can’t spell “aren’t”, “warrant”, or even use capital letters.

  4. Just can’t for Hami vs Alonso vs shumi and all will be in potentially race winning cars.

  5. No Human is a Saint so stop calling Schumi a cheat.

    I’m a great fan of Michael Schumacher, Kimi and Lewis. I’ll be missing Kimi next year. For me next year, it’s mouth watering to watch 2 of my fav. competing and that too with the same Mercedes engines. I would be jumping with joy when either of them wins the championship and yes they will definetly.

    In 2006 Michael Schumacher was pushed into retirement and in 2009 Kimi was pushed into WRC by Ferrari. I’m a McLaren/Mercedes fan. I’m not against Ferrari fans but you all Ferrari fans think once about the wrong judgment of your team. In your Ferrari I would like Massa to be ahead of Alonso. When is March 2010 going to come? Waiting……

    • pull your head out of the sand the man did cheat, he just didnt get pulled up for it because he waas so popular.

      im not saying he wasnt a good driver, especially in the wet. but he is also very selfish, pompus and bossy. how many of his wins were becaause his team made the other driver move over. im sorry but thats not a sportsman in my book.

      im not saying dont support the man, but dont kid yourself that schumi is in the same league as the other two you like when it comes to being a good sport.

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

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

    let the season begin

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!

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