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Brawn admits Mercedes open to Schumacher extension

Whilst insisting that it is still far too early to discuss the matter, Ross Brawn concedes that should both sides perform well in 2012, there is 'no reason' why Michael Schumacher and Mercedes Grand Prix should not prolong their relationship...
Ross Brawn has admitted that provided next year is a successful one for both parties, he sees 'no reason' why Mercedes Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher should not prolong their partnership beyond the end of 2012.

Schumacher produced what was by some margin his finest performance since his return to competitive action in last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, battling his way brilliantly up to second position in just the kind of tricky conditions in which he has always excelled.

Indeed, the seven-time world champion was only denied a well-deserved podium finish – what would have been his first since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai – when he was powerless to defend against the visibly faster McLaren-Mercedes of eventual race-winner Jenson Button and the Red Bull Racing of Mark Webber in the closing stages.

Over the course of the weekend, the most successful driver in F1 history had hinted that he might be looking to continue his top flight return by extending his current three-year agreement with Mercedes, reasoning that 'it took me five years at Ferrari before I won my first title and Red Bull has taken five years to get success' and that victory will not 'happen overnight' [see separate story – click here]. In Monaco two weeks earlier, he had claimed that 'good things come to those who wait'.

In Montreal, Schumacher added that 'at the right time we will talk about it, but right now would make no sense' – but his feisty effort around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has set tongues wagging inside the paddock that the German legend may yet carry on into 2013, by when he will be 44 years of age, almost twice that of some of his principal rivals. Whilst dismissing such speculation and cautioning against jumping the gun since 'the situation has not changed, tellingly, nor does Mercedes team principal Brawn rule the scenario out.

“I am very happy with our two drivers – they are not the reason we are not winning races,” the Englishman told Sky Germany. “Both our drivers have contracts at the moment, and our priority is to make the car better. We definitely have another year with Michael, and if with next year's car we can get the results we want, then I see no reason why we shouldn't go on – but at the moment there are no talks.”




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12.06.2011- Race, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
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26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
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Ross Brawn (GBR) Team Principal, Mercedes GP Petronas
Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
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Duke - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 2:32 PM

Schumi has the bit between his teeth and Norbert Haug can see the change in him - they definitely won't let him go now,they must soldier on.He is just as good as he was in the old days,perhaps better now as he has so much more experience. Age doesn't seem to be a factor with the greatest driver of all time,he is still the superstar of F1,look at the crowds around him in any race.In Canada at the end of the race the Schumi fans were pouring onto the track as they really thought he was 2nd. Nice to know he now has many new fans who didnt support him in the old days.Welcome on board,you are about to see the living legend push Merc GP to the top.BUT Michael must first agree to STAY ON!! STAY PUT SCHUMI!WE NEED THE EXCITEMENT YOU BRING TO F1

MikeG - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 12:12 PM

@DBL ... very true and especially the fact that the 1 result was in tricky weather conditions. When the cars were equalised by the wet track then Michael was the master. As soon as they got onto slicks then the car was a sitting duck.



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