Haug & Schumacher

Speculation surrounding Michael Schumacher’s full-time return to Formula 1 continues to circulate on Friday after German publication Bild suggested that the Mercedes Grand Prix team has offered the 7-time World Champion a contract ahead of the 2010 season.

With Schumacher having missed the chance (due to his own neck injury) to stand in for the injured Felipe Massa and race in the final seven Grands Prix of this year, rumours have remained surrounding a possible full-time return for the German next season, particularly as Germany’s Mercedes has now acquired the championship-winning Brawn team.

Bild states on Friday that Schumacher, who last raced in F1 in 2006 and will be 41 by the time the new season begins in March, has been offered a €7M deal to become Nico Rosberg’s team-mate for the year, although the only comments so far from Schumacher’s management have described a comeback as ‘highly unlikely’.

When one considers the astronomical salary Schumacher was earning in his Ferrari days, Mercedes Grand Prix are going to have to loosen the purse strings considerably on the basis of that alleged offer!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.