OK, I know that many news networks have already reported this, but this is way too awesome not to blog about: Michael Schumacher is officially returning to the F1 grid! He will be taking the place of injured Felipe Massa. I can’t even imagine how awesome it will be to watch the 7-times world champion take on Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Kimi Raikonnen, while competing in a car which is not quite up to speed yet. There is no doubt that the remaining races of the year will be simply epic.
It will be very interesting to see how he will manage the pressure. Everyone will expect him to win, despite being 40 years old and not having driven in an F1 car in more than a year. He will be competing against guys used to driving in F1, and who are in their in their 20′s. Nevertheless, Michael has continued his training even after retirement, so with a month to go he should at least be fit enough to survive a race. Most importantly, if he is successful he will be able to vindicate himself. Many people have been attributing his success in F1 to the car and technical leadership provided by Ross Brawn, after the brilliant start BrawnGP has had in the 2009 season. Hopefully Schumacher will be able to at least beat the BrawnGP’s.
I have no doubt that this will give Formula 1 as a sport a massive boost, possibly reversing all the damage done to the sport’s image as a result of the FIA/FOTA row. This is exactly what was needed. After the start of the season I expected it to be dreary affair with Brawn running away with the championship, but I could not have been more wrong. I was wondering if we will ever again see a season as brilliant as 2008, but the 2009 Formula 1 world championship is turning out to be even more crazy. I expect the remaining races of the year to be sold out. I know that I have been looking up prices to visit a GP or two, just to see the legend in action again.