Michael Schumacher has officially returned to Formula One.

Ok, that may be old news for a lot of you considering that he did sign with Mercedes GP a few months ago, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s not a done deal until Schumi gets on-board an F1 car for some real live action – even if it’s just testing.

Well, yesterday was the official first day of winter testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain and yes, he was there. After more than three years, Michael Schumacher is once again driving a Formula One car. As for his performance, given the fact that he’s coming off a three-year sabbatical from the sport, Schumi was more than impressive. After about 20 laps, he was already clocking in faster times than his teammate Nico Rosberg and of the entire field of drivers – there were eight running on the first day of testing – Schumi posted the third fastest overall time, half-a-second faster than Rosberg and just four-tenths of a second off of Felipe Massa’s time.

It’s going to take a little getting used to seeing Michael Schumacher drive a car that isn’t decked in red, but judging from his performance today, it probably wouldn’t matter. After three years out of the sport, we’re just ecstatic to see him back and if today is any indication, it’s looking like we might be able to see vintage Michael Schumacher once the 2010 F1 season begins.

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Source: Autocar UK

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7 comments:

  (666) posted on 03.24.2010

So whats the latest news about schumi? I hope schumi can regain his F1 title again with MB.

  (765) posted on 02.9.2010

This is an absolutely exciting news. I can’t wait to see him side by side with Massa battling it out with their f1 cars. This will surely change a lot for Mercedez. I hope they end up with a lot of championships.

  (180) posted on 02.2.2010

We have to give Schumacher a break! Besides, he is probably one of the best F1 racers ever. I’m sure he haven’t lost his touch a bit. He is, by all means, a world champion!

  (183) posted on 02.2.2010

Not that I didn’t miss Schumacher on track but I think he has a lot of catching up to do. He’s been out of the track for almost four years, though from what I read, he was an advisor for Ferrari. Nonetheless, he still needs a lot of practice. Mentoring is far different to racing itself.

  (182) posted on 02.2.2010

I’m one of Michael Schumacher’s fanatics! Not just because he is one of then the best formula one racer but most importantly what he does outside the racing track. He was once an ambassador to UNESCO and spokesperson for driver safety. He had also helped a lot of people in need and donated donated tens of millions of dollars to charity. Now that’s a champion!

  (780) posted on 02.1.2010

Well what else can we expect from a world Champion? I’m really excited and delighted that Michael Schumacher decided to go back racing. This will definitely be a great season now. I’m hoping to see some good competition between Massa and Schumacher.

  (1333) posted on 02.1.2010

well i think schumi will do well this year, but he needs to practice more and more to make him on the mood to race again in his full potential. well i understand that he’s had a 3 years vacation in sports that’s why it’s fine for him to set that record.

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