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Michael Schumacher has told the German press that has asked Ross Brawn if it is OK for him to swap the number 4 for his team-mate Nico Rosberg’s number 3.

This is because Schumacher has said that ‘Ross knows that I like odd numbers.’ You may think that this is slightly odd ūüėČ (two in one!), but he actually has a point. Michael Schumacher has started 249 grand prix, and had an odd number on his last 248.

His first ever race was the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix racing for the new Jordan team (now Force India) with the number 32. He retired before the second corner on the first lap with Clutch failure.

He then moved to Benetton (Renault) for the rest of 1991 and 1992 with the number 19. In 1993 and 1994 he raced with the number 5.

As reigning World Champion in 1995 and 1996 at Benetton and Ferrari respectively, he was awarded the number 1.

1997 saw him race under 5 again. In 1998, 1999 and 2000 he was number 3.

From 2001-2005,¬†the number 1 never left his car. Finally, in his last season until now in 2006, Schumacher was yet again number 5. Had he been fit to race in 2009, he would have had Massa’s number…number 3.

Lewis Hamilton is now on the market (dating wise) if any girls out there are interested. It was announced today that he and his Pussycat Doll girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger have ended their almost 2 year relationship. The two met at the 2007 MTV Europe Music awards in Munich, and have been seen together throughout the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In a joint statement, they said that they are going to go their separate ways so that they can focus on their racing and singing careers. I read that Lewis was not yet ready to settle down, (since he is constantly globe-trotting doing the best job in the world). In their statement, they also said that they would remain friends. They have since got back together.

Michael Schumacher will be spending this week at the Jerez circuit in Spain testing GP2 cars so he can be ready to test Mercedes’s new car next month. While testing the car for Formula 1’s feeder series, we will be helping to develop the series’ 2011/2013 car.

¬†Just before I wrote this blog, I saw that the FIA are appealing the overturning of Flavio Briatore’s lifetime ban. Good!

¬†Now, to the African Cup of Nations. Togo, it turns out, wanted to play in the tournament in honour of the men who died. But the Togolese government ordered them home. I¬†was all in favour of them not playing, but know I have seen this; I’m not sure what¬†I would have done. What¬†would you have done?

¬†The first game of the tournament started with a minute’s silence for the fallen Togolese, then 4 goals from the hosts Angola. But in the last 12 minutes, Mali produced¬†a fantastic comeback to draw the game 4-4. Earlier today, Malawi squashed England’s World Cup opponents Algeria 3-0. In tonight’s other game, the Ivory Coast drew 0-0 with Burkina Faso.

In American Football, the Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 51-45¬†in overtime. In the NFL post-season, this is now the highest scoring game ever. We¬†now know the last 8 teams left in contention to win the Super Bowl. The NFC (National Football Conference)’s¬†divisional playoffs are, the New Orl√©ans Saints vs. the Arizona Cardinals, and the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Dallas Cowboys.¬†The AFC (America Football Conference)’s games are, the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Baltimore Ravens, and the San Diego Chargers vs. the New York Jets. Follow all of that?

Good news for real music lovers everywhere, with the news that Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix will be releasing new albums in 2010. Page, the Led Zeppelin legend, has said that he will make a ‘radical’ statement with his first solo album since 1988. He also plans to do some live shows this year as well. ūüôā

Hendrix however, will not be playing any live shows due to the fact that he has been dead since 1970. But that hasn’t stopped the completion of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s new album ‘Valleys of Neptune’. Songs on the album range from¬†ones that were left off of the group‚Äôs first three albums,¬†and others¬†that were recorded after the release of¬†‘Electric Ladyland’, which was the last album Hendrix released before he died. ‘Valleys of Neptune’ will also feature a cover of Creams¬†timeless song ‘Sunshine of Your Love’. This features¬†one Eric Clapton on guitar, so God knows what it will sound like with Hendrix playing it. He was extremely good at covers¬†was Hendrix. Bob Dylan was so impressed by Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’, that¬†he¬†sings and plays to Hendrix’s music, and not his own.¬†

Yes it is now official. Michael Schumacher will return to Formula 1 with Mercedes GP Petronas in 2010.

He will be 41 in January, and has said that he will be going for wins and the World Championship. Funny, I thought that is what all the drivers were there to do. If he does win a race, he will be the first 40-something driver to win a race since Nigel Mansell won the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. If he then goes on to become World Champion for the 8th time, he will become the third oldest Champion, with only Nino Farina (1950), and Juan Manuel Fangio (1957) being older, at 43 & 46 years respectively.

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In sadder news in today’s blog, Arnold Stang, the voice of Top Cat, died of Pneumonia at the age of 91. RIP

Arnold Stang & Top Cat

Finally, with Christmas fast approaching, I don’t know who often I’ll be able to blog from now to new year, but keep reading, and I’ll be back soon. Merry Christmas to you all, and BRING THE BOYS AND GIRLS BACK HOME!

It is looking increasingly likely that 7-times World Champion Michael Schumacher will make a return to Formula 1 with the newish Mercedes team in 2010. As you well know, he was only about a week away from racing for Ferrari again in 2009 after Felipe Massa’s horror accident in Hungary. Alas, a neck injury from a bike crash earlier this year prevent him from doing so.

When I was younger, I hated Michael Schumacher. He never let anybody else win. He and Ross Brawn (who part owns the Mercedes GP team) and Jean Todt¬†(the now president of the FIA) even prevented his own team-mate¬†from racing against him and winning. Another reason why I didn’t like him was because he drove for Ferrari, who are McLaren’s¬†arch enemies. All his success¬†and our lack of it in the first half of the decade filled¬†me with anger. He also broke practically every single record in the book with out even trying at times. I cried when he won his 6th World Championship in 2003, breaking the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio’s record that had stood since 1957. The same happened when he scored his 66th pole position at the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix. This was a record previously held by Senna, and it was at the same track at which he was killed, so how would you expect me to feel? He was also one¬†for trying to ram other drivers off the track. Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve have both suffered at his hand, but Villeneuve survived to win the title that year. Damon didn’t as we all know. In qualifying for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, he deliberately parked his car at a tricky corner to slow Alonso down. It worked, but he didn’t get away with it.

But now, strangely, I want him back.

He is one of the all time greats, but his statistics disguise his ability. Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet all had to race against and beat each other in the 1980s. Just to let you know, these four drivers have won 11 World Championship and 146 Grand Prix. Schumacher meanwhile, had practically no opposition. The only driver he said he feared was Mika Hakkinen, and he retired in 2001. But I want to see how good Schumacher is compared to todays F1 drivers. I want to see him race for real against: Hamilton, Button, Massa, Alonso and Vettel. Alonso has beaten him to a couple of titles, but its been a while.

And finally, as a piece of poetic justice, I want to see Rubens Barrichello’s Williams scream past his Mercedes to take a win, as revenge for what happened at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix.