F1 German Grand Prix: Emotional Return For Michael Schumacher

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Published: 12:44 21/07/2010

Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on Sunday 25 July. Seven-time World Formula One champion Michael Schumacher makes an emotional return to Germany this week in preparation for his home Grand Prix. Schumacher is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing return to Formula One with the works team of German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. He last raced at the circuit, originally built as a test track for Mercedes-Benz, in 2006 when he held off Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa for his fourth German Grand Prix victory. Speaking ahead of his return, he said: “It will be the first time for me to come to Hockenheim as a Mercedes driver and I am very much looking forward to the experience. “Driving in front of our grandstand and in front of all the employees, members and friends of Mercedes-Benz will be an emotional moment. I will therefore be extra motivated to give them a weekend to remember” His team are encouraged by the recent upgrades to the Mercedes car, which proved to be competitive at Silverstone two weeks ago when Schumacher’s team mate Nico Rosberg earned a podium finish. Team principal Ross Brawn is hopeful of further improvements for this wekend saying: “The modifications which we made to our latest upgrades worked well and we will have a further step in Hockenheim which, with careful management, should also prove to be an improvement.” Victory over the superior Red Bull cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber may be too ambitious to expect, but he’d derive great pleasure from making it onto the podium on Sunday. Online bookmaker Extrabet offer odds of 11/1 for Schumacher finish in the first three at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.