This is F1Minute for the 23rd December 2009.
Ah, here we go again. Michael Schumacher has confirmed he is returning to Formula 1 in 2010, signing up to a one-year deal with Mercedes GP. Supposedly, the call up to replace Massa which didn’t work out gave him the motivation, and a conversation with Ross Brawn in November spurred him on to really consider it. He says his neck is now 100% and no longer an issue, and adds: “I never left the race track. I was tired of F1 by the end of 2006, but in three years of absence I got back all the energy that I am feeling right now. I played around with motorbikes and I feel ready for some serious stuff now.” That’s a bit of a kick to his old motorbike buddies, I’m sure.
FOTA have officially confirmed they are calling off the single group launch idea that had been offered up as a cost saving measure. It was meant to happen at the end of January in Valencia, but all the teams could not agree - with the smaller names worried about being overshadowed, and some teams not sure they’d be ready in time. So, it’s been scrapped.
That’s all for now, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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