F1 » 26 August 2011
Schumacher plays down team boss suggestion
Michael Schumacher has poured cold water on suggestions that he would make a good team boss when he calls time on his F1 career.
Michael Schumacher has said that he has no plans to swap the driving seat for a spot on the pit-wall, despite suggestions from Bernie Ecclestone that he would make an ideal team principal.
The German continues to receive criticism for his performances since returning from a three-year retirement in 2010, but insists that he has no intention of quitting before at least seeing out the third year of his current Mercedes contract. As the F1 fraternity prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of his debut in the top flight, however, Ecclestone has suggested that Schumacher ought to turn his attention - and experience - to running a team, even though he does not expect the seven-time champion to bow to pressure and retire from driving just yet.
"When he does decide to stop, I think he should run a team," Ecclestone told news agency DPA, "With his experience and his talent, he would be first class. However, I cannot see Michael leaving F1 until he believes that the team is not competitive and he really thinks it's time to go."
Schumacher, meanwhile, reinforced the fact that he has no intention of stepping back from his current role, and insists that a management position is not on the horizon.
"Honestly, I'm not really intending, right now, because I'm fully focused and happy in what I'm doing," he told journalists at the Belgian Grand Prix, "I have, in the past, never really expressed a wish to be in an operational area in terms of management or something, that's not really the area which I like. That might change in the far future, but I can't look far enough ahead to tell when that would be and if that would be."
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