Legend Michael Schumacher Returns to F1 Full-Time
7-time champ, at 41, will drive for Mercedes
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 6:30 PM CST
German driver Michael Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One champion, will return to the circuit next year.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Legendary driver Michael Schumacher will return full-time next year to the Formula One circuit, where he won seven championships in the 1990s and this decade. The German, 40, retired after the 2006 season, and attempted a comeback for his former team, Ferrari, after one of its drivers was injured in July. An injury of Schumacher’s own derailed that bid, but he’s now healthy enough that he’s signed on with Mercedes, Bild reports; the season’s first race is March 14 in Bahrain.