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. the legend has returned to the sport that made him famous, im glad that schumi has cameback and that he has ditched ferrari for a german team( mercades-benz ) its going to be an awesome, wheel-to-wheel battle for the title with schumi batteling the current world champions, lewis and jenson, this is gonna be a great year for all the teams with the new regulations , its going to test the drivers and the teams, it seems like this year ig going to be a white knuckle ride for the veiwers!!

    1. DAMN RIGHT !!!!!!!! See my comment, glad to know we will be watching together somewhere on this big blue orb

  2. Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest athletes who has ever lived or ever will live. He is a great sportsman, a great man, and his personality is a delight 24/7 365 decade after decade. His committment to increased safety in F1 cannot be overstated, his tap-tap incident with Villeneuve notwithstanding. Every F1 driver should view his return as their luckiest day, since they can face the challenge of learning from and fighting against the 7 time WOrld Champion. If he doesn;t win, the car builders and teams will all be learning like crazy from having to deal with him. The pressure on them will be incredible! There isn’t a day that goes by I don;t think about Michael Schumacher whether judging others in other fields or experiencing the joy of high skill driving I have learned from watching him and his myriad esteemed driving competitors. I only wish Mika would come back, too.

  3. Just seeing Michael behind the wheel is motivation enough for me to start watching my beloved F1. I think its going to be interestin to see him try out for number 8…….Go Schumi, i’m watching every race this season

  4. well done it will be good to see back on f1 CANT WAIT good luck xx

  5. That is truly actually effective for what I’m seem at now, many many thanks a bunch.

  6. It’s so intresting to read the comments from 2009/2010 on this and now we’ve seen schui race and he isn’t half as good as he was… so sad…

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