Look who's back...
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement to drive for Mercedes in 2010, saying he expects to contend for the title again.
The German, who turns 41 on Jan. 3, announced his comeback on Wednesday after three years away from the sport that he dominated for the first half of the decade.
'Three years of absence gave back all the energy that I'm feeling right now,' Schumacher said in a telephone conference. 'I feel ready for some serious stuff.
'I still feel absolutely on the edge. It's thrilling and exciting. I believe I can be absolutely competitive.''
Schumacher, who will join Nico Rosberg in an all-German team for the 2010 season, said he and Mercedes are in discussions about a deal through the 2012 season.
'We are talking about a three-year deal. It's not a one-off thing,' Schumacher said. 'We are looking for some continuation.'
Schumacher competed in 249 F1 races from 1991-2006 with Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari. He won the F1 driver's championship in 1994 and 1995, and five straight years from 2000-2004. He set records with 91 race wins and several other milestones in the sport which still stand.
'I am convinced that together we will be involved in the fight for the Formula 1 World Championship next year,' he said."
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And Kimi gets paid $20 million to sit out the season. Recession in F1? I think NOT!!
courtesy of the Toronto Star.