But it’s not yet official!
According to feverish reports in the German press, Michael Schumacher has signed a Formula 1 contract with Mercedes-Benz and will be making his hugely-anticipated comeback to the sport next year.
German newspaper Bild has said that a 1-year, €7M deal is in place which also presents the former Benetton and Ferrari champion with an option to extend his contract, should the 2010 campaign prove successful.
Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo explained last week that Schumacher – who in September signed a new 3-year deal to continue acting as advisor and representative of the team – informed him that an F1 return was on the cards.
Further reports over the weekend suggested that the team is planning a secret GP2 test in the Middle East.
Daimler – parent company to Mercedes – recently stated it would not announce the identity of its second driver until the New Year. The team has already signed Nico Rosberg for the 2010 season, and Schumacher’s expected arrival for essentially create a German ‘super team’ in F1.
A return to F1 by the seven-time World Champion has been speculated for some time, without any official comment from the driver himself.
His spokesperson, Sabine Kehm, has still not made any further comment regarding her driver’s imminent future.
Until either a representative from Mercedes or Schumacher confirms this, I’ll withhold judgement! But we’re definitely excited and the suspense is killing me!
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