Michael Schumacher To Make A Comeback
The German racing star Michael Schumacher announced his return to F1 Grand Prix circuit on Wednesday. He would replace injured driver Felipe Massa.
Schumacher made the announcement on his own website.
There had been increasing speculation in recent days that the 40-year-old former F1 world champion would return to Ferrari in the wake of Massa's accident last Sunday in Budapest which left him hospitalised.
Schumacher, who took retirement from F1 in October 2006, has seven F1 world titles to his credit, along with 91 individual race victories in 250 Grand Prix races.
The next F1 race is the Spain Grand Prix in Valencia, starting on August 23.
Schumacher said in his statement that "thank God, the news about Felipe (Massa) are increasingly positive" - a reference to the improvement in the Brazilian driver's condition in Budapest and prospects that he could be transferred to a Paris hospital.
Schumacher then went on to say that he had communicated with Ferrari officials Stefano Domeicali and Luca di Montezemolo, and "together we decided that I will prepare myself to take the place of Felipe".
The German racing star added that although the F1 racing chapter had been completely closed for him, "it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation".
"But as the competitor I also very much look forward to facing this challenge," the brief website statement said.