Racing Legend Schumacher Will Return for Ferrari
7-time F1 champ fills in for injured Massa
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2009 12:55 PM CDT
Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, takes the checkered flag as he wins the 2004 United States Grand Prix.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is making a comeback for Ferrari to replace injured driver Felipe Massa. Ferrari said today in a statement that the 40-year-old German had agreed to drive just until Massa's ready to return. "Though the Formula One chapter has long been closed for me," Shumacher said, "it is also true that for team loyalty reasons I cannot ignore that unfortunate situation."

The 28-year-old Massa was hit in the helmet by a loose part from another car and crashed into a protective tire barrier at 120mph during qualifying Saturday at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher will return for the Aug. 23 European Grand Prix.