Schumacher & Di Montezemelo

Michael Schumacher’s F1 comeback took another step closer to certainty when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo revealed there was a strong possibility the seven-time champion would return to the grid with Mercedes GP.

While Schumacher himself has remained silent while speculation around him has reached fever pitch, di Montezemolo told journalists that the deal was on the verge of being agreed. "I hadn’t spoken to him since Abu Dhabi but I spoke to him [on Wednesday]," he said. "He phoned me and he told me that there is a very, very, very strong possibility [of signing for Mercedes].

"It’s not 100% decided, but that is what he said."

Showing clear hurt that Schumacher would consider severing the ties he has held with Ferrari since 1996, di Montezemelo couldn’t help himself from having a pop at the German by questioning the logic of his return to F1.

"There must be another one who looks like him. He is German, has the same name, same age, 40 or 41, and has decided to try again. I like this person but he is another Michael. The one I know confirmed to me he would finish his career at Ferrari.

"The real Schumacher, the one I know, will remain forever part of the Ferrari family. I said it in Monza and I repeated it in Abu Dhabi, but, it seems he has a twin brother, identical in every way, who seems to have it in his head to go and race in Formula One with Mercedes.

"I don’t know what the possibilities are at Mercedes for this other guy called Michael. For me it is difficult. If I talk with him as a friend and see this determination, I am pleased. But as Ferrari chairman I’m sad. He has given a lot to Ferrari and received a lot from us. This is why we have to accept that there is another Michael, not the real Michael that we knew.

"It seems we have nothing to offer him."

Better pull those claws back in, Luca!

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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.