Michael Schumacher’s former team-mate Rubens Barrichello has issued a lukewarm reception to the announcement of the German’s comeback with Mercedes GP in 2010.

The Brazilian left what was then Brawn GP to pursue a seat with Williams next season, and was Schumacher’s team-mate at Ferrari from 2000 to 2005. Very much the number two to Schumacher, Barrichello was occasionally outspoken about being in Michael’s shadow during his time at Ferrari – most notably at Austria in 2001 when he was forced to cede second place on the last lap (this would be repeated at the 2002 Austrian GP, when he was forced to relinquish the race victory, below).

On his personal Twitter account, Barrichello wrote: "Experience is all that matters in F1 now..the team needed me last year and needs Schumi now.

"I hope for a great fight but a clean one as well," he added.

Still got a grudge to bear, Rubens?

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Richard Bailey

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