Michael Schumacher is unlikely to make a decision on whether or not he will race in F1 in 2010 until January.
Schumacher has been linked to Mercedes Grand Prix for several weeks and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone conceded on Monday that the speculation was now 'maybe getting a bit stronger than a rumour' [see separate story click here
Schumacher's manager, Willi Weber was due to meet with the record-breaking multiple F1 world champion on Monday in Stuttgart, and although he insisted the location had nothing to do with the proximity of the Mercedes' HQ, it continues to fuel the speculation.
"I don't know yet," Weber told Cologne publication Express
when asked for news about Schumacher's plans for 2010.
"It is all speculation and I don't want to participate in it. Let's wait, even though soon it is Christmas."
Nico Rosberg meanwhile, who of course has already signed to race for Mercedes Grand Prix – formerly 2009 F1 Constructors' Champions Brawn GP, has said he would love to have Schumacher as his team-mate next season.
"It would be a very interesting challenge, and a super line-up," the former Williams F1 ace told Motorsport Aktuell
. "(But) honestly, I have no idea (if Schumacher will join me at Mercedes in 2010)."