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Schumacher To Return This Season

October 8, 1999

FIORANO, Italy (AP) _ Changing his mind after three days of practice, Michael Schumacher will compete in the last two Formula One events of the year, his first races since he broke his leg in a July crash.

``Michael saw there had been a big improvement in his physical condition and therefore he has decided to take part in the two final and very important races of the season,″ Ferrari said today, referring to the Grand Prix races in Malaysia, Oct 17., and Japan, Oct. 31.

The two-time world champion had said he would not compete in those events because he didn’t think he was ready following his accident at the British Grand Prix. He has been test driving for several weeks.

On Thursday, Schumacher completed 58 laps at the Fiorano circuit where he broke an unofficial track record set by Ferrari’s second driver Eddie Irvine, Italian sports dailies reported, citing track observers.

In changing his mind, Schumacher wanted to ``give the maximum support to Ferrari in the fight for the championships and to fulfill the wishes of the team and all the fans,″ the automaker said.

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