• Jul 29th 2009 at 1:30PM
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Yesterday's rumors have been confirmed: Michael Schumacher will take Felipe Massa's place for the remainder of the 2009 Formula One season.

A Ferrari spokesperson said Schumi's return hinges on the seven-time F1 champion's ability to pass the FIA's physical (we doubt that'll be a problem) and he'll be back in full-force on August 23 at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Schumacher has been under the employ of Ferrari as an advisor to the team since his retirement in 2006, and although Massa is reportedly well on his way to recovering after sustaining a serious head injury at last weekend's race, Schumacher will take his place for the remaining seven races of the 2009 season.

[Source: BBC Sport]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good man.

      He has absolutely nothing to lose. Ferrari can't win whatever happens, but the quality is still there, and the loyalty of the world's best F1 driver. Kudos to everyone concerned.

      I will watch the next race, which will be the first time since he retired.

      Let's hope Massa recovers soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That was always the case.

        But I was not even thinking along those lines; rather his reputation, which is peerless.

        Let's wish him all the very best; since he left F1 hasn't been the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hooray, "Spoon Face" is back. Coupled with the bad news of BMW dropping out, the inclusion of "Mr. Safety" just makes today a black day indeed.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes yes yes yes! Now my only problem, I m a Hamilton fan boy, but was a Schumi fan longer before him, what do I do? Root for both??
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is great for F1 ratings! I hope MS has fun out there and stays safe. Regardless of his competitiveness, it will be nice to see his name in the line up and in a Ferrari...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good luck Schumi. Keep it clean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and a speedy recovery to felipe massa :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome this improved my day a lot after hearing about BMW pulling from F1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If anything, that's certainly an interesting development.

      A couple of interesting points.

      How will he feel about being a #2 driver in the team? Or will Ferrari continue their unfavorable treatment of Kimi through the entire season?

      How much (or little) a** can Schumi kick at 40? It'd be embarassing if he lost to Jaime Alguersuari. I don't think he will, but I don't think anyone knows how well he'll perform.

      How will the other drivers receive this "Sunday" driver?

      I think it'd be really, really awesome if he came in and kicked everyone's bootie by winning Valencia. Still rooting for Kimi though :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except the car isn't unlike anything he has driven before, he's one of the few drivers to have raced without traction control before this current season, and in cars with downforce issues like current.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TPP - good questions. Valencia is going to have some huge tv ratings.

        Since Schumi left on such a high note, literally re-writing the record books, some have said this is a situation he just can't win (not literally win races, but in terms of pr). I guess I think the opposite- how can he lose the pr battle?

        Ferrari isn't winning races this year and Schumi is 40 years old. If he does better than Kimi and/or gets better results than Ferrari has done so far this season (on average), then he just increases his 'god-like' status he has with so many.

        If he can't do either of those 2 things, then you will hear 'he has been out of the sport for years', and 'he *is* 40 years old after all', and 'the car is so different than anything Schumi drove in F1', 'his neck', etc. Its like a fighter that fills in - 'he did great for someone that was retired and got the call less than 4 weeks ago.' He can't lose unless he drives like complete crap. And, he won't.

      • 6 Years Ago
      He admitted on TopGear the secret of his success was partily down to his team Ross Brawn etc. Still nice to see him back on the track.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So basically, on the grid we will have:

      Schumacher 94,95, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04 champion
      Alonso 05, 06 champion
      Raikkonen 07 champion
      Hamilton 08 champion

      all on the grid
      and Button 09 champion????????
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is truly exciting, i feel for massa and his family however and hope for a full recovery, itd be ashame to lose your career on negligence
      • 6 Years Ago
      Things are about to get exciting!!
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