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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Michael Schumacher's HelmetFormula 1 fans the world-over got quite the Christmas present this year. 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher confirmed yesterday that he will return to the sport from retirement to drive for Mercedes-Benz GP in 2010, signing a three-year deal. Speculation in the media was running strong over the past weeks with many attributing rumors about the champion and his then alleged deal with Mercedes-Benz GP. Fortunately, Schumacher’s return will make anticipation for the 2010 F1 season strong which begins in March with the Grand Prix of Bahrain.

Next season will have to be one the most exciting, with no less than four World Champions appearing on the grid. Lewis Hamilton (2008 World Champion) and Jenson Button (2009 World Champion) are teamed together at McLaren, forming the first team with two World Champions since 1989, which had Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost teamed-up together (also at McLaren). Fernando Alonso (2005 and 2006 World Champion) is filling a seat that was previously filled at Ferrari by Michael Schumacher. Alonso was the most recent driver to win a championship against Schumacher (in 2006). It is also rumored that 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve may make a return to F1 as well, possibly with the brand new USF1 team.

Also, several other very strong drivers will be looking for a first World Championship. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber ran both of their strongest campaigns to date in 2009, driving in arguably the best car on the grid, which is the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull (they’ll be returning in 2010 with that same team). Felipe Massa is returning from injury as teammate to Fernando Alonso with Ferrari. Nico Rosberg will be Michael Schumacher’s teammate at Mercedes-Benz GP, after several tough seasons with Williams. Rubens Barrichello filled the vacancy left by Rosberg’s departure at Williams, he’ll be looking to run as strongly as he did in 2009.

Another important note is that Formula 1 will introduce four new teams to the grid next year, creating the largest F1 field since the 1990s. Next year’s season will also be the longest season, with 19 grands prix (the 2009 season was two grands prix shorter at 17 races).

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Britain’s newspaper The Mirror has rumored that Michael Schumacher is going to participate in a top-secret test session in the Middle East, possibly at either the Yas Marina Circuit or the Dubai Autodrome. Schumacher is allegedly testing in a GP2 car, since there is a ban on testing with Formula 1 cars. The test is being taken to finalize if Schumacher is fit enough for a Formula 1 comeback in 2010 with Mercedes Benz GP.

Luca di Montezemolo, the chairman of Ferrari, has stated that the contract that Michael Schumacher has with Scuderia Ferrari is not binding.

It is suspected by the German media that Mercedes-Benz will announce Schumacher as a driver for Mercedes-Benz GP later this week (!).

It is rumored that Michael Schumacher has made a verbal agreement to drive for the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team for 2010. Although Schumacher has recently signed a 3-year deal as supervisor for Scuderia Ferrari, it looks like he is trying to find a way to end that agreement.
If Schumacher was to end that contract and join Mercedes-Benz GP, he will find himself partnered with their technical director Ross Brawn, a person that he had worked with for ten years at Ferrari (a time in which they were extremely successful). Not forgetting to mention that Mercedes-Benz GP won the 2009 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships (as BrawnGP). Schumacher would be Nico Rosberg’s teammate at Mercedes-Benz GP.

Schumacher was initially tipped for a comeback during the 2009 season, to replace an injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari. Unfortunately, the 40-year-old Schumacher wasn’t physically strong enough to make the comeback (because of an injury sustained in a motorcycle accident).

Nick Heidfeld has also been tipped as a driver for Mercedes-Benz GP.

Not unlike the activity of this blog, the Philadelphia music scene has officially gone into the winter season, with very few shows. Here’s a list though of the few shows that are happening. February and March look promising, especially with Bear In Heaven and Cymbals Eat Guitars playing a show together at Johnny Brenda’s!

-Tickley Feather: 12/11 – Kungfu Necktie
-Anthony Green: 12/26 – World Cafe Live
-The Duchess and the Duke: 1/6 – Johnny Brenda’s
(w/ Medication)
-Molina & Johnson: 2/2 – Johnny Brenda’s
-La Roux: 2/9 – Voyeurs
-Fucked Up: 2/17 – Barbary
(w/ Kurt Vile)
-St.Vincent: 2/25 – First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary)
-Wild Beasts: 2/25 – Kungfu Necktie
(w/ Still Life Still)
-Bear In Heaven: 3/5 – Johnny Brenda’s
(w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars)
-Air: 3/19 – Electric Factory
-Delorean: 3/25 – Theater of Living Arts
(w/ Miike Snow)
-JJ: 3/29 – First Unitarian Church
(w/ The XX)
-The Big Pink: 3/31 – Theater of Living Arts
(w/ A Place to Bury Strangers)
-Girl Talk: 5/2 – Meadowlands Sport Complex – East Rutherford, NJ