Michael Schumacher Will Return for 2010

Stuart BairdCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30:  Former Ferrari F1 World Champion Michael Schmumacher (R) of Germany talks with Felipe Massa (L) of Brazil and Ferrari on the pitwall during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 30, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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BBC News has confirmed that German publication Bild is reporting that seven time world champion Michael Schumacher will be driving for Mercedes Grand Prix in 2010. Schumacher has come out of retirement for a one year deal after being released from Ferrari.

An announcement is expected tomorrow, but as of yet Schumacher's spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, has refused to make any comments.

Schumacher, 41 in January, signed a deal at Brackley and is likely to have an option to extend the contract for another year. He will partner fellow German Nico Rosberg at the "international" team that Mercedes have created.

Schumacher tried to make a comeback earlier this year, to stand in for injured Felipe Massa, but as unable to do so due to a neck injury sustained during motorbike testing while riding a Honda Fireblade.

At a press conference that he set up to announce that he couldn't come back, he was asked several times if he would make a return in 2010. He refused to say either way.

With Michael joining a company that helped him get into motor racing and F1, he will also be re-joining the architect that helped him to his record breaking seven world titles, Ross Brawn.

Many people are looking forward to seeing how the German will match-up against Brit Lewis Hamilton, who is in a car that will be powered by the same engines.

Former team-mate, Eddie Irvine, has said that he doesn't believe that Schumacher will  be as quick as he once was.

"Lewis isn't going to back off, but Michael will have to because he'll be 41," Irvine said.


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