• Dec 23, 2009
All clearances given, the BBC is reporting that Michael Schumacher is officially a driver for the Mercedes-Petronas F1 team. The deal is understood to be a one-year agreement, with Schumacher being paid £6.2 million ($9.82M U.S.) and having an open door at the end of the year to carry on if it all works out.

Mercedes is said to have its eye on Sebastian Vettel when his contract is up in 2012. Theoretically then, if Michael remains Michael behind the wheel, he could drive for the Three-Pointed Star and collect trophies, and perhaps Championships, until then. That's an immense theoretical, however: Prost and Lauda took time off, came back, and won the whole show again; Jacques Villeneuve, well, not so much.

And as much as Ferrari respects the times it had with Schumacher, we have a feeling Luca di Montezemolo has already called Alonso to tell him, "You know what you have to do..." On the other hand, if Alonso doesn't work out at Ferrari, and Michael does well and only has a one-year deal with Mercedes...

[Source: BBC | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I AM GOING TO THE GERMAN GP NOW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well as weird as it sounds i will be seeing Schumacher driving Merc and Alonso driving Ferrari next year. That will be pair to watch and is might be just enough for me to justify the cost i'm paying for the finnish provider to see F1 in pay channel even if next season will be slow for finns.
        • 5 Years Ago
        move to the Netherlands, Germany, Uk or something and problem solved.
        free live F1 on tv.
        : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Welcome back Michael
      • 5 Years Ago
      Contract for the next 3 Years!! ... sick ...


      Source: http://www.michael-schumacher.de/?page=news&story_id=90297&lang=de
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news for the F1 world, 2010 season is going to be great!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing is for sure... it's not the lack of money that brings him back to F1. I'd say it's a mix of passion and boredom. A good mix that is...

      Welcome back!
      • 5 Years Ago
      . . . WOW ! , I can't wait to see 'Jenson Muffin' and Schumi fighting for lead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If he doesn't win any races in that year with Mercedes he will destroy his own past.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because no one is going to remember him winning 7 championships before...


        ....right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will definatly be a more intresting 2010 season. Can't wait.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what's most bothering is that Ferrari has lost an essential test driver for their road cars. Scuderia, California, 458 have all been praised for their handling characteristics and that's also thanks to his work there. Now all that know-how is ending up in Mercedes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it weird that this team was Honda just 12 months ago?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I'm just hoping Merc can provide the equipment. There is no doubt Schuey is still capable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They allready have the most powerful engine in F1, and they just signed Brawn. I have always hated MercB, but I have to commend them on some very agressive moves that I think are going to pay of in the 2010 season and benifit the brand as a whole.
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