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. 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!!!

  2. 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

  3. 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…..

  4. 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…..

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

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


  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. e.harris said on 21st January 2010, 9:48

    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!!

    • peter velis said on 29th January 2010, 0:30

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

  12. peter velis said on 29th January 2010, 0:26

    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.

  13. Soldinho said on 16th February 2010, 12:44

    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

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

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

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