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Schumacher to Return to F1

July 29, 2009

Michael Schumacher is being prepared to return to Formula One to replace Felipe Massa while he recovers from his accident at the Hungaroring at the weekend.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher, has been confirmed by Ferrari as Massa’s replacement from the European Grand Prix as long as he has the full fitness required for an F1 race.

The German driver quit F1 at the end of 2006, and following days of speculation since Massa’s accident, he had been ruled out of returning by his manager Willi Weber.

However, following a meeting with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo, it was decided that Schumacher would prepare himself to replace the Brazilian driver.

Schumacher said: “Though it is true that the chapter of Formula One has been completely closed for me for a long time, it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation.” He added that he is looking forward to returning and facing the challenge.

It will be the first time the former Ferrari driver has driven the F60.

Felipe Massa is now out of intensive care, and his personal doctor, Dino Altmann is certain he will to return to the sport. He also said that the fears of Massa having damaged his left eye have been proved to be unjustified. He said: “His eye has been opened, with care because it is swollen, and he has said he can see. His vision has not been weakened.”

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