• Nov 20, 2009
Say it ain't so, Schu! The Daily Telegraph is reporting that seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher is close to signing on with the newly formed Mercedes Formula 1 team. Mercedes is the new name of the former Brawn GP team, the current Constructors Champion. After a stellar rookie season that saw this former Honda team clinch not just the Constructors Championship, but also the Drivers Championship for Jenson Button, they had a bit of a dropoff as Button bolted for rival McLaren.

That left a seat to fill at Mercedes and if BBC Sport's Eddie Jordan is to be believed, none other than Michael Schumacher is about to sign a one-year contract to return to racing in that very car. The deal, which would net Schumacher the same salary that Button turned down at Brawn GP in favour of McLaren, would finally see the German teaming up with Mercedes, who were in the past unsuccessful in their bids to lure him away from Ferrari.

Ferrari almost lured the retired champ back this season when Felipe Massa went down following the infamous spring incident in Hungary. The Champ's sore neck put a stop to that comeback, but apparently it got Schumi's juices flowing again. Signing with Mercedes would create something of a German dream team with Nico Rosberg in the other car. If the deal goes through, MS will be reunited with Brawn GP-namesake and current Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, the man who guided Michael to all seven of his World titles.

Still just a rumor for the moment, the deal is said to give Schumacher the same salary Button turned down when he defected to McLaren. The Schumacher deal is just the latest volley in the silly season melee that has seen Kimi Raikkonen vacate his seat in order to make room for Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, which lost adviser Michael Schumacher as well. Whatever the future holds, it is only going to get more interesting. We'll keep you posted as things develop. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: The Daily Telegraph via Planet F1, BBC Sport | Image Source: Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      that first line should have read "Say it ain't true, Schu"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe Brawn/Mercedes wants an all german team to be champions like Hitler :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally unbelievable!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a rumour. If I had to wager on a former Ferrari driver being in the Mercedes/Brawn car next year, I'd bet on Kimi before Schumi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kimi will be paid MUCH more than 12 MILLION by Ferrari NOT to race.

        Also if MB wants an all German team... you don't pay the non German more $$$ than you are rumored to be paying the German (Nico Rosberg)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @AZZO45b - You're assuming Mercedes does want an all German driver lineup. And yes, they will pay more money to a non-German former world champion who has won many races over his career (Kimi) than to a German driver who has never won an F1 race (Rosberg). And if Kimi does race, Ferrari still pays him, though not as much. His combined earnings between the Ferrari payoff and any hypothetical earnings from Mercedes, if they do sign him, will be more than he'd be paid by Ferrari for not racing. That's one point that everyone is missing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Still just a rumor for the moment,"

      Yeah, I don't believe it. As much as I would like to see Schumi back in the seat its seems crazy that they would pick him up over Kimi. Unless he was going to drive for free or 1 euro who could afford him. He was the highest paid driver. Kimi going to Brawn seems more likely to me and Schumacher as the team adviser perhaps.

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        • 5 Years Ago
        Mercedes could afford him that's who.

        They tried to prise him away from Ferrari with a tempting offer of around £40million but he didn't want to leave the team because of one man, guess who that one man was. Ross Brawn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        according to the article, it says that they would pay Schumacher what they were going to pay Button, which was around $8-$10million. Kimi wants to get paid more than that. so I see Schumacher as a more likely chance than Kimi. although, Kimi does look better in black.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aha! I figured it out.
      Schumi wants to become the Brett Favre of F1.

      Yup. That's got to be it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always been a Schumacher fan and hoped then that he would come to Ferrari-
      which he did! I always cheered him on while he was achieving miracles at Ferrari and
      he amazed me with all he did after Ferrari finally gave him the proper tools and built the
      team around him. I would be interested in how he does IF he goes to Mercedes (and
      back with Ross Brawn) but I will be cheering for Ferrari (whoever their drivers are/ will
      be) as I did before Schumacher.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a rumor, the odds of him returning are pretty slim. I mean, Mercedes would have to throw a lot of money to get Schumacher back to F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't do it, Schumi. I'll admit I was never a fan of yours but your place in the pantheon of F1 greats is assured -- you cannot help yourself here, only tarnish your reputation. And then there's that awful feeling I get in the pit of my stomach whenever a retired driver tries a comeback after a few years out of the sport. Age and rust get the best of all of us, and at this level, the difference between success and fatality can be razor-thin. There's nothing more for you to prove. Get a commentating job and enjoy your life after racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As his and ferrari's true fan, I will probably entirely lose respect for him if Schumi does that. There were lots of sloppy things about him which I tried to ignore (eg. monaco incident w/ alonso), but this one wont slide so easy.
      Considering there're so many fast pilots cars on the grid right now its unlikely that Schumi will be able to compete for the championship. And this whole business will be fatal to bot his reputation and popularity with ferrari fans.
      Dont do it!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        get over it , Ferrari is just another car maker. let the man have fun if he wants too.i'm sure he won't be among the top drivers , but he and Ross Brawn will develop a hell of a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      God, and women think they have all the drama with their celebrity gossip!
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe, just maybe, to some people

      maybe some older people

      maybe some people who've done everything

      and have everything

      maybe

      sometimes its not about money, its about getting back out there and competing/having fun.

      just maybe.

      if this happens i'll probably be actually interested in f1 next year.

      also Kimi has been pulled onto my 24hoursoflemons.com team, he is the highest paid driver at 2 $5 footlongs/race.
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