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Schumacher impresses during practice

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Mercedes GP is unlikely to win Formula One's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team driver Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher shines as old guard set standard

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Schumacher impresses during F1 testing

Michael Schumacher today admitted feeling like a little kid on his return to Formula One.

Hamilton in the mood to reclaim crown

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Schumacher may extend F1 comeback

Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher may extend his Formula One comeback beyond the current three-year contract he has signed with Mercedes.

Schumacher puts foot down with his critics

Former champion furious over questioning of tactics used in pursuit of past titles

Schumacher back in Formula One limelight

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