Schumacher To Drive For Mercedes GP Petronas Team In 2010
BRACKLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - Great news was released by the new Mercedes-Benz GP Petronas Formula 1 team at the end of December 2009 that seven-time Formula 1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher, would be driving for the team in the 2010 season (see News Conference photo). Michael Schumacher's teammate on the Silver Arrows Mercedes GP Petronas team will be fellow German Nico Rosberg, and the two will comprise a formidable driving pair in the Silver Arrows cars for the 2010 season. The news means that this year's 2010 Formula 1Â season should have very high viewer numbers with theÂ return of Schumacher to the field.
Michael Schumacher'sÂ racing roots go back to nineteen years ago when in 1990 he drove for Mercedes-Benz's Junior Programme piloting their Group C and DTM sports touring cars, so in 2010 he will complete the circleÂ back to his early apprenticeship origins. In 1991, Schumacher's talent arrived on the world stage with his first ever race in Formula 1, driving for the Jordan F1 team at Spa in Belgium. The extremely talented Schumacher has broken almost every driving record in Formula 1, having won 91 Grand Prix's and won seven World Championships, which exceeds all other individual driving performances in the history of Formula 1.
Michael Schumacher's record book is outstanding with 248 Grand Prix starts, 91 victories, 154 podium finishes and 68 pole positions. Michael Schumacher retired from Formula 1 in 2006 after winning his seventh F1 World Championship driving that year for the Ferrari F1 team.
The young 40-year old Schumacher had the following to say about his return to the sport after a three year absence, "Mercedes GP Petronas represents a new challenge for me both in a sporting and a personal context. It is a new chapter in my racing career and I am really looking forward to working with my old friend Ross Brawn and my companions from my days with the Mercedes Junior Programme. I am convinced that together we will be involved in the fight for the Formula 1 World Championship next year and I am already looking forward to getting back onto the race track."
Schumacher's 24-year old teammate, Nico Rosberg, is delighted to have such an accomplished driver to learn from. Rosberg said,"It is fantastic that Michael is returning to Formula One and will be my team-mate at Mercedes GP Petronas. Itâs a great challenge for me to be up against one of the best drivers of all time. Iâm sure that we will form a very strong partnership as he will have lost none of his speed! It is also great news for our sport and the fans.â
Ross Brawn, the Team Principal for Mercedes GP Petronas, who earlier had been with Michael Schumacher at Benetton and later at Ferrari, acting as the lead technical strategist in each of the seven years in which Schumacher won a world title had the following to say, "As seven-time World Champion, Michaelâs outstanding record in Formula One speaks for itself and I am looking forward to working with him again ... With the investment and support in our team provided by Daimler (parent company of Mercedes-Benz), Aabar and our new title partner Petronas, and with two such exciting drivers, we have all of the building blocks in place to have another successful season in 2010.â