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Schumacher to attend French Grand Prix 26 Apr 2007

Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna at the 2006 FIA Awards, Monaco, December 8, 2006. © FIA

Michael Schumacher will make a welcome return to the Formula One paddock at the French Grand Prix in July, as part of a charity event in aid of the Institute for Cerebral and Medullar Disorders (ICM). It will be the first time the seven-time world champion has visited a race since his retirement last year.

“For me, helping to create and develop the ICM has always been something obvious: a duty in fact,” explained the former Ferrari driver. “It’s a fantastic project, managed by some exceptional people. I’m both happy and proud to be able to contribute to it.”

Donors to the ICM will get the chance to win a trip around the Magny-Cours circuit in a Ferrari driven by Schumacher. The winner will also receive a race suit signed by the German driver.

“The Magny-Cours rendez-vous is now a tradition to back the ICM Foundation,” added Ferrari chief and founding member of the ICM, Jean Todt. “I’ve always been struck by sensitivity of the Formula One enthusiasts who go to the circuit and follow our initiative to develop medical research for brain and spinal cord injuries. It shows us that sport can help mobilise people’s conscience about a subject that concerns everybody, and I’m sure that this time their generosity will be greater than ever.”

As well as Todt and Schumacher’s support, the ICM also boasts FIA President Max Mosley and film director Luc Besson amongst its patrons.