MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has been offered a £7million deal to make his sensational F1 comeback with Mercedes.
The German car giant has stepped up its bid to lure the seven-time world-beater back into the sport.
Schumacher is considering a return four years after he retired and would spearhead the newly-named team following its buyout of Brawn GP.
The German, 40, is on a fitness drive after a neck problem ruled out a comeback for Ferrari last season.
Schuey earned £30m a year in his F1 heyday with Ferrari but driver salaries have since come down dramatically.
His earnings would be way off double champ Fernando Alonso, who is earning around £15m at Ferrari, and Lewis Hamilton, on £13m at McLaren.
But triple champ Niki Lauda said: "Money is not an issue for Michael. The question is whether he would want a new challenge."
Schumacher will race under a radical new points system if he does replace Jenson Button at the Brackley-based outfit.
F1 chiefs agreed yesterday that race winners will get 25 points instead of 10 with 20 points going to the runner-up, not eight.
The top 10 finishers will get points instead of the first eight. The change has been made as number of cars goes up from 20 to 26, and aims to encourage top drivers to go for wins.
Button - who received his championship trophy at the FIA Gala dinner in Monaco last night - likes the new system.
He said: "It's a great idea. It's nice that you get five points over second for winning.
"That's important because we all love winning races. I won six races this year and I got just two more points."
Button is still relishing his title triumph which he sealed with a stunning drive at the penultimate race in Brazil.
Button, 29, said: "You never get bored of people saying congratulations. In previous years they'd say 'you'll do it in the end' but now it's a nod and a smile."
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