It’s now official: 7 time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher will make a return to F1 racing in 2010 with the new Mercedes GP team.
After all these months of speculations and uncertainty, the Mercedes GP team has announced this morning that Michael Schumacher will race for them in the 2010 Formula 1 season. He has signed a three-year deal with the German squad. He and his team-mate, fellow countryman Nico Rosberg set an all-German lineup for Mercedes. Schumacher wanted to return to F1 racing since he was supposed to replace injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. However, tests had shown that his neck wasn’t strong enough as he had suffered a motorcycle crash earlier in the year.
He claimed that his motivation has built up in these 3 years of absence: “The motivation I think is pretty straightforward,”
“The call I got from Ross at the end of November concerning the chance to go racing, Mercedes being involved, I felt great.” He also claimed that he never left the racetrack since he returned in 2006. “I never left the race track. I was tired of F1 by the end of 2006, but in three years of absence I got back all the energy that I am feeling right now. I played around with motorbikes and I feel ready for some serious stuff now.”