Michael Schumacher has announced that he will be temporarily returning to Formula One, to substitute for Felipe Massa, who suffered a serious head injury in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The seven-time World Driver's Champion has so far only confirmed a return for the European Grand Prix.
Schumacher, who is contractedto Ferrari and acts as an advisor to the team, said: 'For team loyaltyreasons I can't ignore this unfortunate situation.'The Germanlegend has been chosen over test drivers Marc Gene and Luca Badoer.Massa continues to recover from his skull fracture, and after five days in intensive care, doctors have been encouraged by his recovery rate, and despite initial fears that he may not race again, are saying that his race fitness should be restored. Schumacherhasn't driven a Formula One car since April 2008, andbecause of the F1 testing ban, will not be able to drive the 2009 FerrariF1 car until first practice at Valencia. 'Ferrari intends toentrust Michael Schumacher with Felipe Massa's car for as long as theBrazilian driver is not able to race,' said the Italian company.'MichaelSchumacher has shown his willingness and in the next few days he willundergo a specific programme of preparation at the end of which it willbe possible to confirm his participation in the championship startingwith the European Grand Prix,' a Ferrari spokesperson said.