Video: Michael Schumacher officially signs with Mercedes Formula 1 team |

It’s official Formula 1 fans, whether you loved him or hated him, Michael Schumacher is returning to F1, and will be a part of the all-German team of Mercedes GP Petronas (formerly known as Brawn GP, the current champion team).

The contract, which reportedly will earn Schumacher around $9.9 million in 2010, will extend until 2013, and depending on how things will be going and how the 41-year-old pilot feels, might stretch out even further.

“The motivation I think is pretty straightforward – the call I got from Ross [Brawn] at the end of November concerning the chance in my hand to go racing,” said Schumacher. “Having this phone call from him, and the circumstances of Mercedes-Benz being involved as the owner, I felt great. I never left the race track. I was tired of F1 by the end of 2006…but after three years of absence I have been getting back all the energy that I am feeling right now. I played around with motorbikes, and I feel ready for some serious stuff now.”

Frankly, I think this is great news and will certainly draw even more attention to a 2010 F1 season which promises to be the most heated one yet. Also, we’ll be getting a true UK versus Germany battle, with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren and Schumacher with Nico Rosberg for Mercedes GP. Until the season starts however, hit the jump to see an exclusive interview of Schumacher with the BBC.

Source: BBC

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