Michael Schumacher set to continue in F1
Michael Schumacher is all set to continue in Formula One despite Lewis Hamilton securing a deal to take his place at Mercedes.
There had been a number of rumours suggested that the German legend was ready to end his second spell in sport after being forced out his team. He has taken the news with great dignity and has stated his desire to find a new team next season.
Lewis Hamilton’s four year deal runs out at the end of the season with McLaren. After a long period of negotiating with McLaren, Mercedes stepped in to offer him a £60 million deal. According to both Hamilton and Mercedes camps, the deal was not all about money. Hamilton wanted a new challenge and believes that his new team, which he will join next season, are the best to help him become a World Champion again.
Sergio Perez has already agreed a deal with McLaren to become their next driver, replacing Hamilton. That would leave his current team of Sauber with a gap with some suggesting that Michael Schumacher could be prepared to fill.
Mercedes may also be willing to release Schumacher from his driving duties but offer him a role as an executive. The driver himself has deflected away from all speculation at the minute and has insisted that his only focus is on the Japanese Grand Prix. He stated that “My motivation is completely intact after the news last week, especially because Suzuka is one of the season’s highlights for me.”
“I enjoy the circuit – it has sections that challenge you as a driver like almost nowhere else. Then there are the fans: they love motor racing and it is fun to feel their passion.”
“Logically, it would also be nice to achieve a sporting highlight this weekend, although my chances are of course very limited because of my grid penalty. But I’ve always approached these things as a challenge.”
The fact that he is clearly motivated after being effectively let go by his team shows great character. His performances are not quite what they used to be but Schumacher still commands a great deal of respect. He is out of the Championship Title race, lagging behind in 12th position. There still 150 points left to be won but Michael Schumacher is currently 151 points behind leader Fernando Alonso.