Talk Michael Schumacher will return to F1 with Mercedes Grand Prix is now 'maybe getting a bit stronger than a rumour', that's the view of F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone.
All sorts of wild speculation has been flying around in recent weeks, principally that Mercedes Grand Prix – formerly F1 2009 World Champion Brawn GP – want to poach Schumacher away from Ferrari to join ex-Williams ace Nico Rosberg in an all-German 'super team' next year.
Schumacher himself has also added fuel to the fire and recently admitted that 'anything can happen' when pressed about a possible return to competition in 2010 [see separate story click here
"Oh, it would be magic [if he returned]," Ecclestone mused in report in British broadsheet newspaper, The Times
. "You saw the interest he created when he was going to come back after Felipe Massa had his accident.
"I would personally doubt that he's going to make a comeback but, having said that, it's maybe getting a bit stronger than a rumour."
Nick Heidfeld is the other man that has been linked to Mercedes Grand Prix - and Ecclestone added if it was a choice between Heidfeld and Schumacher, it wouldn't be difficult to make a decision.
"Well you'd have to pick Michael wouldn't you?" Eccelestone continued. "There's no discussion about that. It's the obvious thing. Whether or not this is going to happen, I don't know. If I was Michael I wouldn't do it, but I'm sure he knows he could get the job done."