• Dec 21, 2009
There are hearts breaking all over Italy, and the biggest one of all is that which beats in the chest of Ferrari head Luca de Montezemolo. Michael Schumacher is still under contract to The Prancing Horse as a global ambassador and consultant for their road cars. However, given the opportunity to return to a Formula One cockpit and prove a thing or ten, he appears keen on racing no matter the color of the car.

Neither Schumacher nor the Mercedes F1 team is revealing anything public about the German's chances of driving, but it's been in the press for a few weeks now. Last week, Schumacher phoned Montezemolo and told him there was a "very, very, very strong possibility" he'd end up as a driver for Mercedes. Speculation is that the final say is only waiting on Schumacher's neck to be declared fully healed after his motorcycle accident earlier this year.

If the 41-year-old Schumy does race again with Mercedes, it will be with the company that put him on the road to becoming one of the greatest racing drivers ever. And it will come at the expense of a muy doloroso de Montezemolo, who is so torn up about Michael switching camps that he has taken to calling the former Ferrari driver "the real Michael Schumacher," and the potential Mercedes pilot, "the new Michael Schumacher."

If it comes to pass, we'll play a sad song for de Montezemolo on the jukebox, but we'll do a dance for the coming F1 season: Rosberg and Schumacher in Mercedes', Alonso and Massa in Ferraris, Hamilton and Button in McLarens, Vettel in his Red Bull. There hasn't been a field like that in that kind of machinery in more than a decade. Please let it be March already...

[Source: Autosport | Image: Juergen Schwarz/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I cant wait for the F1 season to begin its going to be to awesome! I really dont care if Schumy drives again but if he does then it will add another interesting plot twister! I am looking forward to see what Kubica can do this year, and Vettel it should be one of the best years, I just they would bring back the non slick tires!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why bring back non slick tires? Slicks make them go faster. Faster = better. The vast majority of people and teams wanted slicks back
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will be an interesting development. I guess the motorcycles gave him too much of a beating. From all I have read, he was decent on a bike but not good enough for top level World Superbike or MotoGP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes: legendaries
      Ferrari: hot-headed kids
      McLaren: young and talented
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha??? He works for Ferrari and plans to race for Mercedes... Hes a brilliant guy but I doubt that this will work, still looking forward to seeing him in an F1 car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, typically if you sign a contract with one team, you are not free to just go over and work for the competition in the free time. So Ferrari is saying they will allow Micheal to not serve out the remainder of his contract if he wants to go race.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrari has said they will not stand in his way if he want's to race for Mercedes, but that is contract for Ferrari will be over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats their idea of not standing in his way...
      • 5 Years Ago
      One question. Why is the descriptor for de Montezemolo feelings about the situation in Spanish? Let's see, Italian + German = Spanish.......Naw, that ain't right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i love michel shumacher and i love mercedes-benz; boss boss boss
      • 5 Years Ago
      BOoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! MS

      Learn from Jordan, and everyone else that tried to come out of retirement.

      I was glad when you left, please don't come back and pollute F1 again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Schumacher is a douchebag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you seem to be underestimating Rosberg. I think he'll surprise quite a few people next year because he will finally have a competitive car- he has the skill but his car this year could only be pushed so far. And if Schumacher really does become his partner next year, he will be forced to push himself even further.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Comebacks seldom go well, but to see Schuey race again? Bring it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see him drive and get back on top of the podium again. Nobody in the current F1 field celebrates a race win quite like Schumacher did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for him and even better for F1. At least 3 friends of mine are willing to go see an F1 race if Schumacher comes back. I am sure there are many others out there too. Would love to see him go head to head against Hamilton and his old team Ferrari, who are now sporting Alonso and Massa.
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