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Schumacher tipped to race on

Michael Schumacher tipped to race on beyond 2012 by brother Ralf
Ralf Schumacher has backed his older brother Michael to remain in F1 beyond the end of the current season.

The seven-time champion is out of contract at the end of the year having signed a three-year deal with Mercedes when he came out of retirement for the 2010 season.

So far, Schumacher has been outperformed by team-mate Nico Rosberg with doubts existing about whether or not he would elect to extend his existing deal and remain with the team for a fourth season.

However, speaking to Bild am Sonntag, former Toyota and Williams driver Ralf – now competing in the DTM – said he was sure his title-winning brother would continue in the sport.

“For sure Michael came back to celebrate successes with Mercedes,” he said, “and until he succeeds, he will not give up. I still see a lot of fire in Michael. He is pushing hard, as we saw as recently as Mugello last week.

"I think we will see Michael on the podium soon. At some point, there surely comes a point when the body can't do it any more. But when I look at Michael, that's still a few years away. I certainly won't be racing as long as he has."



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Pete - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:50 PM

The article quoted is misleading. Rosberg has not "out performed" Michael. Michael has had a rash of bad luck. Race #1: Drive Train failure while leading the race. Result DNF. Race #2: Qualified 3rd. Hit from behind by Grojean, spun out and had to make his way from last to 10th. Race #3: Was running 2nd when he made a pit stop and his team did not secure a right front wheel nut. Result DNF. Race #4: Team does not send him out on soft tires for Q1 when all the front runners were out there with softs in Q1 effectively putting him in 18th. Add in a 5 grid spot penalty for changed gearbox and he started at the back of the pack and made it up to 10th. So, yea, the out performed by Rosberg is misleading in my opinion. He'll be on podium sooner than later.

Manxie - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:27 PM

Please do - I've enjoyed his recent stronger qualifying pace. Now he needs to do this more consistent, stay away from trouble such as Grosjean and get to grips with these tyres. This season so far he's had nothing but bad luck. Lets hope this is about to change and he can provide Merc with some solid points via the podium. Besides, i think that Ross would be in the perfect position to judge whether or not MS is still competitive enough for modern F1... until he says something, MS should continue racing IMHO



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