Mercedes motorsport boss says driver announcement may be after Christmas

Mercedes F1 competition boss Norbert Haug has again stoked speculation that the team is in talks with Michael Schumacher, by revealing the team may not announce its second driver until after Christmas.

Mercedes has already confirmed Nico Rosberg will drive one of its rebranded Brawn GP cars, but the identity of its second driver remains uncertain.

BMW refugee and former Mercedes protege Nick Heidfeld is known to be waiting to sign for the team, but the delay in agreeing his deal is believed to be because the team is trying to persuade Michael Schumacher to race for it.

Haug told the German news agency DPA on Monday that Mercedes will "have to live" with the Schumacher speculation for now.

"We need time and I cannot promise today that the present will be unwrapped before Christmas," he said.

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9 December 2009

The signs are very positive. I think Schumacher is in serious dialogue with Mercedes, which in turn would mean all parties negotiating the exit from Ferrari commitments, and this is causing a postponement of an announcement. Another factor may be that they're looking for further confirmation of his recovery.

Since Kubica's place at Renault is not yet properly settled, it’s possible that the delay is partly caused by the chance of signing him to Mercedes if Schumacher scampers off into the wilderness.

It's got to the point where, if Mercedes is seen to have drawn-out this speculation artificially, it will reflect badly on all concerned.

9 December 2009

[quote Broom Broom] I think Schumacher is in serious dialogue with Mercedes, which in turn would mean all parties negotiating the exit from Ferrari commitments....[/quote]

It's not just commitments, he signed a three year contract in September 2009.

Schuey may well have a very hard time getting Ferrari to allow him to leave so he can go and help a big rival beat them.

9 December 2009

I'm sick of the whole thing. I think Ferrari should stick to their guns. F1 doesn't need Shumacher, he doesn't need to do it.

9 December 2009

That picture is rather misleading. I think the picture used in the article must be 8-10 years old.

McLaren was still sponsored by West and Norbert Haug still had a moutsache.

Time flies.........................

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