Breaking: Michael Schumacher Returns to Formula One image

Ferrari have released Michael Schumacher from his consultancy role so he can return to Formula 1 with Mercedes in 2010 and the German is undergoing an intensive fitness campaign to strengthen the neck he injured last February. Schumacher is also set to test a GP2 car at the new Abu Dhabi track after Christmas.

Schumacher, who won five championships for Ferrari, has been heavily linked with a move to the former Brawn GP team, which won last year’s drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

Schumacher would join Nico Rosberg to form an all-German lineup after 2009 champion Jenson Button left for McLaren and Rubens Barrichello joined Williams.

“I was tired of Formula One by the end of 2006…but after three years of absence I am sort of getting back all the energy and I’m feeling strong right now,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I played around with motorbikes, and I feel ready for some serious stuff.”

Michael Schumacher at a press conference at th...Image via Wikipedia

In an exclusive interview with the BBC he added: “I’m very motivated, thrilled and excited.

“I want to have fun out there and I feel as fresh as ever. I’ve recharged myself after a three-year break.

“The challenge is what I look for – I want to know it.”