• 2010 season

Schumacher comeback almost certain says Ferrari boss

ESPNF1 Staff
December 18, 2009 « Villeneuve backs Schumacher comeback | »

Michael Schumacher's comeback to Formula One became more likely after it was revealed he had told Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo there was a "strong possibility" he would be racing for the Mercedes team in 2010.

While Schumacher himself has remained silent while speculation has increased, di Montezemolo told journalists that the deal was on the verge of being agreed. "I hadn't spoken to him since Abu Dhabi but I spoke to him [on Wednesday]," he said. "He phoned me and he told me that there is a very, very, very strong possibility [of signing for Mercedes].

"It's not 100% decided, but that is what he said."

Betraying signs of bitterness at the possibility of Schumacher severing his long-standing links with Ferrari for the first time, di Montezemolo indicated he did not understand the logic of his return. "There must be another one who looks like him. He is German, has the same name, same age, 40 or 41, and has decided to try again. I like this person but he is another Michael. The one I know confirmed to me he would finish his career at Ferrari.

"The real Schumacher, the one I know, will remain forever part of the Ferrari family. I said it in Monza and I repeated it in Abu Dhabi, but, it seems he has a twin brother, identical in every way, who seems to have it in his head to go and race in Formula One with Mercedes.

"I don't know what the possibilities are at Mercedes for this other guy called Michael. For me it is difficult. If I talk with him as a friend and see this determination, I am pleased. But as Ferrari chairman I'm sad. He has given a lot to Ferrari and received a lot from us. This is why we have to accept that there is another Michael, not the real Michael that we knew.

"It seems we have nothing to offer him."