Ralf Schumacher has shrugged off suggestions that his Formula 1 future will be decided by the two flyaway races in Canada and USA, the German insisting he has nothing to worry about.

Speculation has been rife in the two weeks between the Monaco and Canadian races, after Schumacher endured another dismal weekend in Monte Carlo as he fails to get to grips with a Toyota car that is failing to live up to expectations.

It has all led to rumours in the German press that Schumacher has just two more races to prove himself before Toyota consider looking for a replacement, potentially bringing an end to a career that has spanned ten years and delivered six wins.

Nonetheless, Schumacher is not concerned about his future prospects and admits his recent performances were always likely to prompt discussion amongst the team.

"Recently we have been a bit up and down with the pace," he told Thursday's press conference. "Myself, I have been struggling a little bit but we will see. The competition is very tough, teams have made progress, like Honda, Renault, Red Bull, so particularly in the area where we fight for points it has become very tight.

"I think there is a lot of talk due to the results I've had recently and I think that's only normal but you don't need to worry about me."

Schumacher also brushed off comments made in the media by Toyota boss John Howett who stopped short of denying that the former Williams driver could be replaced if his results don't pick up soon.

"I don't know about that response or not," he added. "You should know that not everything you read is quite true, that's the way it is. At the moment we are simply concentrating on getting some results. Neither myself nor the team has been brilliant so far and that is what we are concentrating on, nothing else has been discussed anyway."

 

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