Some in the history of motorsport have retired and meant it: nobody, but nobody, was ever going to persuade Jackie Stewart to get back behind the wheel – well, not in competition, anyway. Others have returned: Niki Lauda came back to gain a third Drivers’ World Championship, and, sadly, the USA’s Mark Donohue was persuaded back by his friend Roger Penske to drive for him in F1, only to die as a result of a practice accident.
One retirement that was never going to stick was that of seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher, and so it was no surprise to see him sign up for another season with his old mucker Ross Brawn at the team now rebranded as Mercedes GP.
Will he still be competitive? Well, given that the habits of bears in woods are as before, he may just be. What will the competition think? I don’t inhabit the world of F1, but the impression is gained that, up and down the pit lane, drivers, management and sponsors will be thinking “Oh no – not him again”.