Micheal Schumacher will make a return to Formula 1 to replace Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.
The seven-time world champion, who retired following the 2006 season has agreed to drive in the European Grand Prix in Valencia Spain. Massa suffered a fractured skull during qualifying at the Hungarian GP.
Massa was released from intensive care today. He is responsive and speaking to his family. It will be some time before his Formula 1 future will be decided.
Schumacher has kept himself quite fit since his retirement and has taken up motorcycle racing. The ban on in-season testing means that Schumacher will not be able to drive the car until practice begins on August 21.
Scuderia fans have been buzzing about this for days. Many are excited at the thought of one of the greatest drivers in history competing against the current young guns in F1. The thought of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, and Jenson Button lining up on the grid with Schumacher is one positive piece of news on a day when another team will be folding at the end of the season.
BMW has announced today that they are withdrawing from Formula 1 at the conclusion of the 2009 season. The economic downturn has hurt sales and the company wishes to focus its resources on greener cars. BMW will not even continue in the capacity of engine supplier. They are the second automobile manufacturer to withdraw from F1 in the last 12 months. Honda shut down their team near the end of 2008. There are now only 4 engine manufacturers left in F1, Ferrari, Renault, Toyota and Mercedes Benz. Some are suggesting that BMW may not be the last to fold. Sources say that both Toyota and Renault are weighing their options.