Mark Webber has tipped Michael Schumacher to pick up a victory when he makes his return to F1 at the European Grand Prix.
Schumacher will come out of retirement to replace the injured Felipe Massa from the Valencia race, with Ferrari confirming earlier this week that the German will fill in for his former team-mate as he continues his recovery away from the track.
Schumacher has already kick-started preparations for his return after spending a day at Mugello testing a 2007-spec car, with Ferrari having also requested permission from its rivals to allow the German to try out the current F60 model prior to his comeback.
Speaking to the BBC
, Webber – currently second in the championship standings to Jenson Button – said he has little doubt that Schumacher will be on the pace when he makes his return and could well carry Ferrari to the top of the podium before the end of his stint back in the car.
"He's had a few years out but he's been occupying himself fantastically with other sports, one being motorbikes and he's been riding those pretty quick,” he said, "so, he's going to be in pretty good shape."
"Michael is a world class driver, we know that, he'll be back and he'll win a race, I think he'll win a race this year. He's a ferocious competitor - he'll be very keen to be towards the front.
“Kimi has shown the car is quick and he'll be trying to give Kimi a hard time very quickly. He'll be a force, no question about it.”