1 Aug 2009

Lauda says Schumi's return a blessing for F1

12:55 pm on 1 August 2009

The former world motor racing champion Niki Lauda believes Michael Schumacher's surprise return is the best thing that could have happened to Formula One as it undergoes a period of turmoil.

Schumacher, who intends filling for the injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, is widely regarded as the sport's greatest champion and Lauda hopes his comeback will take attention away from the political rows that have dragged F1 through the gutter in recent months.

The 60-year-old Lauda knows all about comebacks - he had a second spell, after a five year break when he won his third world title.