The rumour which has been floating around for some time now has finally been officially confirmed.
One of the greatest if not the greatest Formula One driver ever, Michael Schumacher, will make a comeback after a gap of 3 years to partner with young German Nico Rosberg in the newly branded Mercedes Grand Prix team.
Schumacher has come full circle and joins the team which backed him during his early pre-F1 career and even paid for his drive during his debut for the Jordan team in 1991 at Spa.
Schumacher, a seven time former World Champion with Benetton and Ferrari, has most of the records in F1. Most importantly, he is reuniting with Ross Brawn, with whom he won all his 7 championships.
To expect Schumacher to come back and start winning titles is unrealistic, but then knowing Schumi, all things are possible and don’t be too shocked if he comes back and drives like he did during the time he left F1.
Niki Lauda has the most amazing comeback, which resulted in him winning the title once again in 1984. But Lauda was still in his mid-thirties when he made his comeback while Schumacher would be 41 when he races once again. Age may not be a factor in motorsports to a large extent as other competitive sports, but then even if Schumacher is super fit, he just cannot be 100% as good as a 24 year old driver.
But knowing Schumacher, he is in for good and he will give his best.
Formula One for the last 3 years have been embroiled in one controversy to another and 2009 was one of its worst years with the race-fixing scandal which rocked the F1 world. F1 took another hit as 3 manufacturers pulled off in the last one year while another one just sold of a huge stake in its team to an investment company.
Mercedes taking over Brawn was a very positive news for F1 at a time when the likes of Honda, Toyota, BMW and even Renault all want to exit the sport, Mercedes is involving itself more than it ever did in the last 50 years and we finally get a Silver Arrow team for the first time since the 50’s.
Schumacher making a comeback is a huge positive news for F1. A whole new generation of fans will see the living legend go wheel to wheel with old rivals like Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Guys like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastain Vettel will get to test themselves against the greatest of all.
Schumacher has frankly nothing to lose and his comeback is not about winning, but it’s about a personal challenge in which he will compete against the best drivers on the grid to see if he has it still in him. Even if he wins a few races, that would seal the Schumacher legacy forever.