Sport – Schumacher is definitely going to return: Glock
German driver Timo Glock is convinced compatriot Michael Schumacher will make a Formula One comeback with Mercedes next season and is looking forward to racing against him. “There’s still a lot of speculation but at the end he’s just a crazy race driver, I would say, and wants to come back,” the former Toyota driver said at the launch of his new Virgin Racing team.
“I think it’s just not enough for him to just drive go-kart races or the Race of Champions at the end of the year. The flame is just still there, still burning in him and it’s great for Formula One if he is coming back. I think it is quite obvious that he is coming back, for me as my personal feeling.”
Glock made his Formula One debut as a stand-in with Jordan for four races in 2004, the year Schumacher won the last of his seven titles.Ferrari, who have a consultancy agreement with Schumacher, said on Monday they would not stand in his way of he wanted to race for Mercedes. The Mercedes team – formerly champions Brawn – is run by Ross Brawn, the former Ferrari and Benetton technical director who helped Schumacher to all his titles.
Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on Saturday that Schumacher was close to a deal with Mercedes. Chief executive Nick Fry said “I can’t tell you at this stage, unfortunately,” Fry said when asked point-blank about Schumacher. “The view from inside Formula One, not just in my team, is that they all hope it will happen.”
Virgin sign Di Grassi
Lucas di Grassi and Glock have been confirmed as drivers for Virgin Racing in next year’s Formula One championship. Virgin chairman Richard Branson said it will be the lowest budget team in F1, operating under 40 million pounds.
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