Lewis Hamilton has welcomed Michael Schumacher's return to Formula 1 and says he is looking forward to racing against the seven-time World Champion.
Hamilton has never raced against Schumacher in F1, with the German having retired at the end of 2006 before Hamilton's debut in 2007.
"It's brilliant news," Hamilton said. "It's great to have Michael back in Formula 1. I used to watch him race when I was in the junior categories and I always hoped that I would be in F1 while he was still around. I'm really looking forward to seeing him on the track and back at the top.
"He is a legend and a really nice guy, and I am happy for him that he has once again got an opportunity to do the best job in the world – to race in Formula 1. I offer him my absolute best wishes on his comeback with such a fine team and company as Mercedes-Benz."
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that Schumacher's return is a huge boost for Formula 1. "I think I share the sentiment of every single F1 fan across the world by saying that Michael Schumacher's return to the sport is fantastically exciting, and a thrilling prospect for the 2010 season. I've no doubt that Michael has studiously examined this opportunity from every possible angle and that he's convinced he still possesses the same fearsome drive and determination required to succeed in Formula 1. Obviously, Michael is a seven-time champion and has absolutely nothing left to prove – so it will be fascinating to see what he can achieve in a new team.
"To Michael, Norbert [Haug], Ross [Brawn], Nick [Fry] and everyone at Mercedes GP, we offer our warmest regards and congratulations and, most importantly, we look forward to some terrific racing in 2010."