Michael Schumacher: The Return of the King

Thomas YungContributor IJuly 30, 2009

MAGNY-COURS - JULY 21:  Five times Formula One Champion Ferrari driver Michael Schmacher of Germany in the garage relaxing before the Formula One French Grand Prix at Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit, France. (Photo by: Clive Mason/Getty Images.)

The seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher will likely once again compete in Formula One for Ferrari in place of the injured Felipe Massa according to formula1.com.

Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the best driver in Formula One being ranked very closely behind the late great Aryton Senna.

What does the return of the king means to the sport? It means Formula One once again has a bona fide superstar for the fans to appreciate and cheer for.  

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton are great drivers but Schumacher is truly on a different level in terms of driving skills and accomplishments.

With 91 wins under his belt, Schumacher will be no stranger to the Formula One circuits as he will be able to adapt to them in no time.

At age 40, questions regarding Schumacher’s durability will become an issue.  The Rain Master will enter Formula One once again as the ultimate underdog.

Schumacher was always at his best when he was up against it. The first year that Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996, The Williams-Renaults of Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve were proven to be far more superior than any racing cars on the grid winning a total of twelve races out of the possible sixteen.

Damon Hill won the championship that year but Schumacher managed to get three really tough wins out of the very unreliable Ferrari F310.

This time round with seven races to go, Michael Schumacher will once again be the underdog to Jenson Button’s Brawn BGP001 that took in six wins already. The chance of Schumacher winning the Driver’s World Championship is minimal at best.

To me, whatever happens to the Championship is not important. What is important is that the king of Formula One has returned.