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Deal confirmed; Schuey eyes 2010 title

Michael Schumacher has signed for the Mercedes-Benz Formula One team, and has already set his sights on challenging for the 2010 world title.

Schumacher's F1 return comes after three years in retirement, having stopped racing in F1 at the end of 2006. He will be 41 in January.

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Schumacher said: "The motivation is pretty straightforward. I got a call from Ross (Brawn, team principal) at the beginning of November asking me to race again, telling me Mercedes were going to be involved.

"I've never left the race track, and after three years I regained the energy I'm feeling now. After playing around on motorbikes, I'm ready for the serious stuff."

Germany's Bild newspaper is reporting that he has signed a one-year deal with options for a further two years depending on performance. Schumacher has said he and Mercedes are "talking about a three-year deal."

Schumacher is reported to be earning seven million euros (£6.2m) - a relatively modest salary compared to the sport's highest earners, such as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who reports suggest could be earning two to three times as much.

Last season he came close to a sensational mid-season comeback when he was asked to fill-in for the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

However, those plans were scuppered by a neck injury that he had picked up in a motorcycle crash earlier in the year. He says that injury is no longer a problem.

He said: "Before giving the final okay, I had to make sure my neck was okay. It wasn't okay in the summer, but it's had the time to heal completely."

During his previous 16 seasons in the sport, Schumacher contested 249 grands prix, breaking virtually every record in the sport. He has won the most world titles (seven); most race victories (91); most pole positions (68); highest number of wins in one season (13 in 2004); number of consecutive podiums (19); wins from pole (40); fastest laps (76); hat-trick of pole, win, fastest lap (22), and most number of consecutive results in the points (24).

Asked if he was worried about putting his reputation on the line by returning, Schumacher replied: "I hope they will judge me on what I've done before.

"Brawn is a team that won both championships last year, they now have a strong partner in Mercedes, so the only aim is to go for the championship."

Schumacher revealed that he had consulted wife Corinna on his comeback.

"I had to sort out my personal situation before entering this new one," he said. "She could see the spark in my eyes, and so she didn't really argue."

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Schumacher's move to Mercedes GP marks a reunion between himself and the German car maker that helped push him into F1.

He raced for Mercedes-Benz as part of its junior driver programme, competing in world sportscar events during 1990 and 1991.

Schumacher's decision means that Mercedes GP will field an all-German driver line-up in 2010, having already confirmed several weeks ago that Nico Rosberg will race for it.

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Lee23404 24 December 2009

Re: Schuey signs for Mercedes

VirginPower wrote:
Thank God for Schumacher

VirginPower wrote:

Whatever you're getting for Christmas, it can't be this good. Roll on 1st February and then roll on 14th March 2010.

Well said that man. I can't wait.

VirginPower 23 December 2009

Re: Schuey signs for Mercedes

Lee23404 wrote:
Looking forward to Schumacher (car permitting) showing the kids how it's done in 2010.

Thank God for Schumacher and the legion of people bright and avid enough to appreciate him.

After all of the shrill naysaying has been roundly put to bed in these discussions, should anybody still harbour one more petulant, negative thought, allow yourself to be inspired by The Black Baron himself.

If you still have any doubts and aren't jumping for joy, I feel sorry for you, because you're completely immune to the true spirit of Formula One.

Whatever you're getting for Christmas, it can't be this good. Roll on 1st February and then roll on 14th March 2010.

disco.stu 23 December 2009

Re: Schuey signs for Mercedes

TheOmegaMan wrote:
Q:Why didn't he sign for McLaren back in the day and partner Hakkinen in equal cars? A: Because he's a coward who would get smoked by The Flying Finn.
Why sign for McLaren when he was in the process of building up the team at Ferrari? Why didn't Hakkinen call up Montezemolo and ask for a job, instead of replacing Irvine with Barrichello?
TheOmegaMan wrote:
On your logic, Damon Hill is even better, look how he smoked the field at Hungary '97!
Hahahahaha. Does that even merit a response?
TheOmegaMan wrote:
Nick Heidfeld woulda been a good ethical choice.
How exactly? What is unethical about signing Schumacher? The media is responsible for the Heidfeld rumours. I would imagine Ross Brawn spoke to a number of drivers while he was negotiating with Button and then Schumacher. Besides, with Rosberg they already have one overrated German, why would you want another one when you can have the real deal?