‘Stig’ to race for Merc

It’s a strange coincidence that the current series of Top Gear is about to finish in a couple of weeks, and Mercedes GP have just announced that Michael Schumacher will be racing for them in F1 next season.

Hmmmm…

Anyway, Schumacher is back, on a three-year deal with the former Brawn/now Merc Formula 1 squad – which is frankly something of an epic early Christmas present for us all.

He’ll be racing alongside fellow German Nico Rosberg, and will reunite with his former Ferrari boss Ross Brawn, who runs the show at Merc, and with who Schumacher won a few races or something in the old days like.

It will be the first time Big Schu will have raced in F1 since his ‘retirement’ at the end of 2006, although he nearly came back earlier this year to stand-in for the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

It was only a neck injury – one sustained during a motorbike race – that kept Big from the Prancing Horse cockpit that time, but that all healed and OK’d by doctors recently, so a way back to racing was a go.

As soon as Merc failed to retain current World Champion Jenson Button for next year, Big Schu became the favourite, with the most high-profile rumour monger being that of BBC Sport’s Eddie Jordan – which is a worry, ‘cos it now looks like he knows what he’s talking about.

So, the Big Mac’s back. Will he be quick? Will he be really quick? Will he regret it this time next year? How nervous are the other drivers feeling? How gutted is Nico Rosberg feeling right now?

These and many other things you are free to discuss below…

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