German press hails return of 'Ferrari's angel'

AFP - [email protected] • 30 Jul, 2009 Updated Thu 30 Jul 2009 17:44 CEST
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Michael Schumacher's stunning decision to dust off his racing helmet and come out of retirement to help Ferrari in their hour of need had the German media in raptures on Thursday.

"An angel for Ferrari" was how Berlin daily Tagesspiegel summed up the news

of the 40-year-old German's comeback to the cockpit to fill in for injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

"The legend returns" was Bild's headline above a photograph of a jubilant Schumacher on its front page.

Despite "two children, seven world titles, and €900 million," Schumacher was coming back, the paper wrote.

Schumacher's family gave their assessment of the news. His father, Rolf, reckoned his son was making the right move, pointing out with reference to Michael's motorcycle accident in February: "Motorbikes are more dangerous than F1".

As for his brother, former F1 driver Ralf, Schumacher will still be "sufficiently quick" despite his time off the track.

The Berliner Zeitung daily meanwhile put forward their take on the reasons

behind his return.

"He's doing it for the team that made him; he's a team player."

The Tagesspiegel carried a warning for Schumacher, however, noting that the

"good old days of F1" have evolved, with or without Schumacher.

The newspaper suggested F1 had become too expensive, even for the big manufacturers, and that numerous circuits are struggling to meet the "enormous

demands of F1's great moneyman Bernie Ecclestone.''



AFP 2009/07/30 17:44

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