Will Michael "The Red Baron" Schumacher Join the Silver Arrow?

Ravikumar RajagopalCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Former Ferrari F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher watches from the pitlane during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 22, 2009, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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The entire F1 world is waiting if the resident Red Baron and one of the all-time greats in the sport, Michael Schumacher, will make his miracle comeback to once again go wheel to wheel around the world with the current crop of F1 drivers.

The last time Schumacher was driving, he nearly had a dream retirement but thanks to a dominant Renault, led by Alonso, and Ferrari’s first engine failure in nearly five years robbed Schumacher of his perfect retirement.

A year later his replacement at Ferrari, Kimi went on to win his first and only world championship. Kimi is now will be racing in the World Rally Championship and is not sure if he will ever comeback to F1. Schumacher’s one time rival Alonso is now part of the Ferrari team and will lead the team’s challenge for the 2010 title after a disastrous 2009 for the Italian team.

It was Mercedes who brought Schumacher into the sport by giving him his first drive with the Jordan team. Schumacher was so impressive that after just one race he signed up for the mid-field Benetton and ended up winning two world championships with them. Then he shocked everyone by joining the Ferrari team, which last won a title some 15 years back.

Within a few years, Schumacher made Ferrari the most dominant team. He won five championships with the team. Schumacher became synonymous with Ferrari and it was a partnership made in heaven. Schumi became a lifelong ambassador for the team.

An opportunity to race for the Silver Arrow, Mercedes, who is making a comeback after more than 50 years as a factory-owned outlet, will be highly enticing. Given his past with Ferrari, he may may not take it.

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Ferrari’s over-reliance on Kimi resulted in Schumacher retiring a bit early. If not for his neck, he could have well made his comeback as a replacement for Massa in 2009, but then his neck may not be the only reason for Schumacher not making a comeback this year. The 2009 Ferrari car was so bad that it took Kimi half a season to get used to it.

Fisichella who was having a dream season with Force India failed to score any points with the car. Maybe it was wise of Schumacher not making his comeback in such a bad car.

Ross Brawn was involved with all of Schumacher’s titles in both Benetton and Ferrari and Brawn in his first season as a team principle managed to win both the championships. Ross Brawn was one of the main reasons why Mercedes decided to take over Brawn GP.

Schumacher knows that Ross Brawn can deliver a car which can make him go head to head with the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull. No one expects Schumacher to win the title in his comeback, but knowing Schumacher, he will give his best and will try to win a few races for his team.

Schumacher actually has nothing to lose as if the car is very good then it is because of Schumacher and if he fails then the car is not good. Knowing Schumi he will not take this path and if he makes a comeback then he will make sure he gives his best for the entire season.

If he has a good car he will challenge for victories and maybe even for the title. F1 is a funny world with weirder things happening, so don’t discount Schumacher making a comeback for Mercedes. It would be a dream to see the likes of Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Hamitlon and Button going head to head with the greatest driver the sport has ever produced.