Michael Schumacher has said that he is 'convinced' he will be in a good position to fight for the championship in F1 2010.
Schumacher will return to the sport this year after concluding a deal with the former Brawn GP team in December. His decision to come out of retirement will see him again link up with old pal Ross Brawn and speaking following the official unveiling of the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 team 2010 livery today in Stuttgart [see separate story - click here
], the record-breaking multiple F1 world champion added that he is really looking forward to the first race in Bahrain.
"Finally the 2010 F1 season is firing up! I have to say that I am totally committed to this new challenge," said Schumacher. "This season feels like a re-start for me and I am so motivated. We have a very exciting combination at Mercedes GP Petronas.
"We have a World Champion team in every sense of the word and I cannot wait to get into the car for the first time in Valencia.
"I am convinced that Mercedes GP Petronas will be in a very good position to fight for the championships this season and I will definitely give it a go. Driving for Mercedes-Benz again is like the closing of a circle for me as I started my racing driver career with the three-pointed star on my helmet. This is another reason why I cannot wait for the competition to get underway."
Schumacher's team-mate, Nico Rosberg, meanwhile is also very upbeat and he has already said that he wants to break his duck in Bahrain and give the squad its debut win [see separate story – click here
"You can really feel the successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz here at the Museum in Stuttgart and to be part of the new Silver Arrows team and that racing heritage makes me feel extremely proud and motivated," Rosberg continued.
"Since joining the team in November, I have spent a lot of time at the factory in Brackley, at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth and here in Stuttgart, which has given me the opportunity to settle in and get to know everyone. I have seen how hard the team is working on the new car and I really can't wait for the opportunity to drive it for the first time in Valencia next week. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Mercedes GP Petronas and will give it my all to reward their fantastic efforts with good on-track results this season."