THE return of seven times Formula One champion Michael Schumacher to competitive racing dominated headlines across all types of media in Germany yesterday.
In a country that has learned to love Formula One mainly because of the success of Schumacher, his comeback generated headlines sprinkled with superlatives.
â€œThe God of racing has come back. The legend will drive again,â€ read Bild newspaperâ€™s headline, welcoming Schumacher back into Ferrari in the place of injured driver Felipe Massa.
The German, now 40 years old, retired from Formula One at the end of 2006 but is expected to make his comeback in Valencia, Spain, next month because Brazilian Massa sustained a fractured skull during last weekendâ€™s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Schumacher is adored by millions in Germany, his popularity at least on par with the likes of retired tennis player Steffi Graf and soccer great Franz Beckenbauer.
â€œSchumacher steps on the gas again,â€ said the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.
His brother Ralf, also a former Formula One driver said, his comeback could not have come at a better time, especially given the negative headlines surrounding Formula One in the past months.
â€œHe was itching to come back. But no one expected that,â€ Ralf Schumacher told German television station N-24. â€œAfter all the bad headlines on the sport recently this is absolutely great. Nothing better could have happened for Formula One than my brother coming back.â€
Schumacherâ€™s return will certainly boost the Formula Oneâ€™s popularity in Germany from his very first race in Spain. â€” Reuters.