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Schumacher becomes a contender again


Formula One has moved on since Michael Schumacher retired in 2006, even if the German will be eager to roll back the years when he makes his comeback with Mercedes next season.

Despite turning 41 next month, the seven times world champion can be expected to show the same passion for racing, the same hunger for winning and the same ruthless determination.

“I was tired of Formula One by the end of 2006…but after three years of absence I am sort of getting back all the energy and I’m feeling strong right now,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I played around with motorbikes, and I feel ready for some serious stuff.”

Age will be against him, another foe to overcome for a driver who always prided himself on being one of the fittest and most professional on the grid, but nobody should rule out what would be a remarkable return to the top.