Michael Schumacher will head into his home grand prix this weekend knowing that his lucky charm is safe and well in the pocket of his racesuit.

The charm has been in the news a couple of times this season, once because the world champion forgot to take it to the grid with him and sent an aide scurrying back to the Ferrari motorhome to retrieve it and, now, because of its safe return from potential loss.

Schumacher launched an appeal for the safe return of the charm after it disappeared at Silverstone, but feared the worst when little was heard during the days following the British round of the series. However, his mood - and hopes of another win in a record season - were lifted when an anonymous finder returned the locket to his ahead of the Hockenheim weekend.

"It's a lucky piece from my wife, and it's obviously quite meaningful to me because it has all the initials of the family on there," Schumi explained, "It is not highly valuable, but it has a personal meaning to me and I was lucky that a good guy found it and returned it to me.

"I must have dropped it within the paddock - it was apparently found somewhere close to our motorhomes. I was running and a little clip came undone somehow and that's why it came off. It's lucky I got it back - but it's now in my pocket!"

Given his recent record at Hockenheim, Schumacher will have more reason to be grateful for the charm's return - but remains hopeful of producing a turnaround in fortune similar to that which he achieved at Silverstone.

"My results [at Hockenheim] don't look too great for whatever reason but, coming here, I always feel good," the German insisted, "I just hope that, as I didn't finish as good in England in previous years and seemed to turn that around, [that I will] be able to do the same here."