Schumacher applies for new FIA superlicense

The German motor sport federation Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) has already sent off the application paperwork for Michael Schumacher's new Formula One superlicense. F1's governing body the FIA confirmed that even though the...

The German motor sport federation Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) has already sent off the application paperwork for Michael Schumacher's new Formula One superlicense.

F1's governing body the FIA confirmed that even though the 40-year-old German is a seven time world champion, his mandatory superlicense expired at the end of 2006.

But it is believed receiving a new one is only a formality, given the clause allowing a driver to apply for a license if he has contested 15 Grands Prix within the past three year period.

"Under normal circumstances Michael Schumacher should get a superlicense," a FIA spokeswoman told the German news agency SID.

"So excited to see Michael Schumacher race again," cycling great Lance Armstrong, who recently pulled off his own sporting comeback, said on his Twitter page. "The greatest of all time!" the American added.

Felipe Massa's father also welcomed the news. "I am sure Felipe will be happy," Luiz Antonio said.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport said Schumacher will prepare for Valencia in the Fiat driver simulator in Turin.

"The whole of Formula One celebrates," the newspaper said of Schumacher's return.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Felipe Massa