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Last Updated: Wednesday December 23 2009 12:34 GMT

Schumacher returns to Formula One

Michael Schumacher

Former World Champion Michael Schumacher is set to return to Formula One after signing a three-year deal with racing team Mercedes GP.

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 pulled out because of a neck injury.

But Schumacher reckons the pain is gone and he is now ready to race again.

The former champion will be on the starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix on 14 March, which kicks off the new Formula One season.

Michael Schumacher has won 91 of his 250 Grand Prix races and started in Pole Position 68 times, so he will be tough competition for British F1 stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.