A Return to the Track: Michael Schumacher To Fill in for Massa

Adam BoutonCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - APRIL 04:  Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen on the Ferrari pitwall before qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 4, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Less than a week after Felipe Massa's horrific accident in Hungary, former Formula One champion and Ferrari stalwart, Michael Schumacher, has come out of retirement to drive once again his long-time team.

Schumacher, 40, still is very much involved with Ferrari and currently holds a position as a consultant. He's also been testing the F1 cars often, so a return to racing isn't a complete shock.

Schumacher has a little under a month to prepare for the race as the next F1 race is the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain on Aug. 21-23.

His return to the track may have more to do with his ties to the team that Massa drives for, however, that doesn't mean he isn't getting geared up for his return to the Formula One track.

"Though it is true that the Formula One chapter has long been closed for me, it is also true that for team loyalty reasons I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation," Schumacher said. "But as the competitor I am, I also very much look forward to facing this challenge."

Ferrari said that they were going to put Schumacher through some tests to determine whether he was suitable to drive an F1 car safely and effectively. There are still six races left in the Formula One season.

As of right now, it doesn't look as though Massa will be driving a race car again this season. He just took his first steps on Wednesday after the incident during a qualifying session Saturday.

Schumacher, who is very close with Massa, is just glad that his friend is getting better and hopes he can honor him in a successful return to the track.

"Thank God, all news concerning Felipe are positive," Schumacher said through his Web site. "I wish him all the best again."

In 250 career Formula One races, Schumacher tallied 91 wins and won a record seven titles.