F1 »

Ralf Schumacher 'turned down F1 return'

Ralf Schumacher reveals he turned down the chance to make a return to F1 in 2010
After Michael Schumacher announced he will return to F1 next season, younger brother Ralf has now revealed that he too could have made a comeback next year.

The younger Schumacher left F1 at the end of the 2007 season after losing his drive with Toyota and has since focused on the DTM with Mercedes – albeit with limited success.

According to the German newspaper Bild, Schumacher Jr has offers from the four newcomers – USF1, Lotus, Virgin and Campos – but elected to turn down the proposals.

“I have noticed that the F1 fire is burning in me once again,” Schumacher said. “I understand the decision Michael has taken 100 per cent. The passion for F1 does not pass and I would not have hesitated to make the same decision. Racing was, and still is, our life and we have always searched for new challenges.

“The challenge must be the right one,” he continued when asked why he had turned down the reported offers for 2010. “It is no use signing a contract that is second best and its not about the money. It is also about whether or not we can achieve something.”

Bild also reported that Sauber, Renault and Toro Rosso could be possible options for Schumacher despite the manner in which he exited F1 two years ago, although he insists that those times are now well behind him.

“I know that my reputation suffered during the Toyota years,” he said, “but that is behind me now. I know what I can do and I feel good and ready.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ralf Schumacher during pre-season DTM testing for Mercedes at Oschersleben [pic credit: DTM Media]
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.