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Now it is. It ended last year leaving a hint and it seems that this time it will be realized: the seven time champion Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1. At least, so said yesterday the online edition of German tabloid Bild. According to the newspaper, former seven-times of the highest caliber signed a one-year contract in exchange for 7 million euros with the Mercedes Grand Prix team for the 2010 season. Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm, did not comment about the information.
After he retired in 2006, Schumacher, who will turn 41 on Jan. 3, would charge about 7 billion to align again on the grid start of next season, which kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14.
This will be 1239 days after his last race in F1 in Sao Paulo in 2006. Schumacher Mercedes and thus joined the team – which the automaker formed with the purchase of equipment Brawn GP champion last season – will form a binomial of German pilots as Nico Rosberg, 24, signed his contract in November.
Bild said Schumacher signed the agreement at the headquarters of his new team in Brackley, England. Thus Ross Brawn and the German driver will again work together after sharing four years at Benetton (between 1992 and 1995) and ten more at Ferrari (between 1996 and 2006). Alongside Brawn, Schumacher won his seven world titles. The first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and the remaining five with the Italian team between 2000 and 2004.
To Bild "Brawn-Mercedes combination was too attractive to reject it Schumi. Of course when the news is confirmed there will likely be dust in Maranello. Days ago the Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, let on his disappointment at the possible return of Schumacher to F1 with Mercedes as he was adviser to the Italian team. "We have to wish him good luck and do well, not forgetting for a moment everything you did for us and everything we did for him," said Italian team leader.
Before Nico Rosberg, Schumacher had warned that returning after so long without competition "will not be easy. When you’re away from Formula 1 for so long and you can not train, it is not easy," said Rosberg told the German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung.
In August, Schumacher had been close to returning to the cockpit of Ferrari as replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa, who suffered a crippling accident in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German was even trying a Ferrari 2007. But he felt severe pain in the neck – a sequel to a motorcycle accident he had in February – and announced it would cancel the return on the recommendation of their doctors. Finally it was Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, who replaced the Mazza in the latter part of the season.
Now the pilot must now overcome the strict medical supervision of the International Automobile Federation and will determine whether he is fully recovered from his injury.
If the payment is confirmed in the 2010 season Schumacher will have a duel. Because while he was getting into the car, Ferrari will be racing with none other than Fernando Alonso, the Spanish pilot who in 2005 cut his string of titles.
Schumacher ran 250 Grand Prixx and won 91 with 68 pole positions in his career. It seems that this time the legend of the F1 will continue to fuel its rich history.
Take a look at some Photos of Michael and this really cool return video below.
Michael Schumacher back to the F1 Video.
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