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Last Updated: Tuesday December 15 2009 08:54 GMT

Schumacher a step closer to F1

Michael Schumacher

Former world champion Michael Schumacher is a step closer to returning to Formula 1 after Ferrari said he could join another team.

The seven-time title winner has been a consultant for Ferrari since he retired back in 2006.

He was set for a comeback earlier this year in place of injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

But Schumacher himself had a neck injury which meant he wasn't fit enough to get back on the track.

But now he's being linked with a move to c who have taken over championship-winning team Brawn.

They've already signed Nico Rosberg for 2010.

If Schumacher does join Mercedes it would be an all German line-up for the German manufacturer.