The German newspaper Bild confirmed that the retired seven time world champion, still an advisor to the Maranello based team, has confirmed his attendance not only in Melbourne but also for Malaysia a week later.

Michael Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari race team for this weekend's 2009 season opener in Australia.

The German newspaper Bild confirmed that the retired seven time world champion, still an advisor to the Maranello based team, has confirmed his attendance not only in Melbourne but also for Malaysia a week later.

The 40-year-old has attended several races as advisor to the Scuderia since he stopped competing, but this will be his first season opener since he contested the first race of 2006.

"In the last two years it was not so important to have Michael in the pits," the German's long-time manager Willi Weber explained.

"Now, however, with the many rule changes, Michael can help the engineers to better understand the car.

"It is in this area that Michael's experience is extremely important," Weber added.

 

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