Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says he had no doubt that Michael Schumacher would step in to help former team Ferrari while the team copes with the absence of the injured Felipe Massa.

After a range of rumours, the confirmation came on Wednesday that Schumacher will come out of retirement to make a return to F1 in Valencia, after being chosen by Ferrari as the man to stand in for Massa while he recovers from the fractured skull he sustained in Hungary.

Schumacher, who retired from the sport at the end of the 2006 season, will replace Massa until he is deemed fit to return and Domenicali revealed that the return of the seven-time champion would drive the team on to succeed through the remainder of the year.

"When Chairman Luca di Montezemolo asked Michael if he wanted to give us a hand at the moment, I understood from looking in his eyes, even before he replied, how strong are the links between Michael and the Scuderia," Domenicali admitted. "I didn't have the slightest doubt about his availability and his enthusiasm in our discussions and it would be a further stimulus for everyone to do well.

"It's a piece of positive news, which can be added to all the other positive updates coming from Budapest regarding Felipe's improvement.

"Michael's availability is a further confirmation of how strong are the human ties, even more than the professional ones, that exist between all of us at Ferrari."


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