Michael Schumacher attempted to make a Formula 1 comeback last year to fill in for Ferrari’s injured Felipe Massa, but was unable to make it back to the cockpit. For the 2010 season, however, the seven-time world champion will be behind the wheel of one of the new Mercedes GP cars.
Schumacher retired from Formula 1 in 2006 after winning seven titles and 91 races. Now at age 41 he will come out of retirement in hopes of adding to his record. He signed a deal with the new Mercedes GP team that was formed when Mercedes bought a controlling stake in the championship-winning Brawn GP team.
“Mercedes GP Petronas represents a new challenge for me in both a sporting and a personal context,” said Schumacher. “It is a new chapter in my racing career and I am really looking forward to working with my old friend Ross Brawn and my companions from my days with the Mercedes Junior Program.”
With the new team, Schumacher is once again racing under Ross Brawn, with whom he won several championships at Ferrari. Schumacher is joined by fellow German driver Nico Rosberg, making the Mercedes team all German.
“With the completion of our driver lineup, I believe that we now have the most exciting partnership in Formula 1 with Michael and Nico, who provide the perfect mix of talent, experience, speed, and youth,” said Brawn, Mercedes GP team principal. “We can now turn our full attention to the preparations for the new season and everyone at Mercedes GP Petronas is extremely excited about the challenge ahead.”