Mercedes Grand Prix are prepared to offer record-breaking multiple F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher 7 million Euros if he will return to the top flight next season and partner Nico Rosberg.
According to reports by German newspaper, Bild
, the deal is the same one that the former Brawn GP outfit made to 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button before the Englishman opted to switch to McLaren.
Schumacher, who earned well in excess of that during his spell in the cock-pit with Ferrari, is rumoured to still earn around 5 million Euros a year from the Scuderia in his role as an 'advisor'.
Niki Lauda however, believes that the salary isn't what will matter: "Money will not play a role," Lauda stated. "What is important is does he want to do it and whether he wants to again tackle it and commit to it. Mercedes must, even if there is only a small chance, try to get him."
Mercedes Grand Prix team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile is confident that Rosberg can deliver the goods next season and be just as competitive as Button was in 2009.
"I think that Nico has all the potential that Jenson showed over the years, but he has just never had the opportunity to prove it," Brawn told ITN News
"He has not won a race, but he has come very close. I think he has the speed and he has the other attributes that you need to be successful. He's just not been in the right team at the right time."
Asked about next season more generally, Brawn added that he expects Ferrari and McLaren to be back at the front: "2010 will be more of an evolutionary year than a revolutionary year," he continued. "But we have got to expect that some of the teams that got it wrong in 2009 will get it right in 2010.
"I think you will see great competition between us, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull Racing - and maybe one or two others too.
"There will be lots of interest in these new teams that are coming in. It is going to take them a year or two to establish themselves properly. But it is still a very exciting element for F1 for the future."