Mercedes GP CEO says Schumacher is its number one target for 2010
17 December 2009

Mercedes GP CEO Nick Fry has revealed that his team wants to sign Michael Schumacher next season.

Mercedes has been strongly linked with a deal for Schumacher ever since it announced it would be running a full works team next season and has still yet to confirm who Nico Rosberg’s team-mate will be.

Ferrari has cleared the way for Schumacher to be released from his road car development contract and German media claimed over the weekend that a Mercedes/Schumacher deal was already in place.

Fry revealed that Schumacher was on top of Mercedes’ wish list, but he wouldn’t confirm whether a deal was yet in place.

“He would be very good for our team,” he told the BBC. “The view from inside F1, not just my team, is they all hope it will happen. I can't tell you at this stage [if it will happen], unfortunately.

Fry said that although Schumacher would be Mercedes’ first choice, it was still considering other drivers should the seven-time world champion decide not to return.

“A number of drivers are still available if Michael were to decide not to drive,” he said. “Then there are alternatives that we would be happy to go with.”

Schumacher was set to stand in at Ferrari for the injured Felipe Massa last summer, but fitness concerns stopped him competing. It is understood that the German has been undergoing extensive fitness training since the summer to prepare himself for a full F1 return.

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17 December 2009

I'm just not sure what his motivation is for the move. Sure, there is a patriotic link for him but ultimately he has a life time job at Ferrari - not that he really needs it.

The Mercedes job, which will ultimately end up as a road car development job later will be fraught with politics and problems.

Sit tight Shuey, I don't reckon its worth the hassle.

 

 

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17 December 2009

[quote TegTypeR]I'm just not sure what his motivation is for the move. Sure, there is a patriotic link for him but ultimately he has a life time job at Ferrari - not that he really needs it.[/quote]

if you had read earlier articles/blogs and the associated comments concerning this story you would know his motivation. so please stop trotting out these types of trite, lame comments.

Schumacher and his mates have made it plain, he wants to race, that's what he is, a racer. he's not a car salesman - see his half-heartedness at the 458 Italia launch in Frankfurt.

he does not have formally 'a life time job at Ferrari'. he contractually has three years.

please desist from the urge to trot out 'make the quota' comments for the sake of it, especially when you choose to ignore/fly in the face of what is known already. it's crass.

there are also bigger factors at work here than Schumacher's aching to race competitively again. Daimler is one-tenth owned by the Gulf emirs(Abu Dhabi base). the emirs own one-third of Merceded GP. the initial deal for Schumacher to return was done at the Abu Dhabi GP. Daimler wants to exploit the Middle East wealth - well, what's left of it after Dubai's implosion. Schumacher is the best known driver in the world. it all fits as a colossal business deal - the wage for Schumacher is incidental, compared to the billions in play in sponsorship, boost to Mecedes-Benz car sales, Abu Dhabi's investment in Benz and so on. any one with a drop of red blood and true love of sport is dying to see Schumacher come back and see how he goes. maybe one or two 'doyens' of F1 jounalism are bricking themselves in case they're made to look chumps.

17 December 2009

Just in case anybody has missed it, Schumacher was a Mercedes man long before he became synonymous with Ferrari - he was initially part of their sports car programme in the days of the Sauber Merc.

And of course there is the natural progression to the DTM, so if Merc can get him now...

17 December 2009

Quite a large soap box you've got there BigEd!

For what it's worth I'm with TegTypeR, I'd love to see him back but when it comes down to it he doesn't have anything to prove, doesn't need the money and can lose an awful lot.

It seems the last word is going to come from the man himself - can't wait to see which way it goes.

17 December 2009

[quote Squonk61]Schumacher was a Mercedes man long before he became synonymous with Ferrari [/quote]

Correct. Actually, it was Mercedes who put him into F1 by paying Eddie Jordan to race him. Eddie would like to give the impression that he "discovered" Schumacher. Rubbish. He was short of money and Mercedes paid him to give Schimacher a go at F1. As you said, Schumacher was then a member of Mercedes' sports car team.

How short of money was Eddie Jordan? Well, the accomodation provided for Schumacher for the weekend of his first Grand Prix was a bed in the youth hostel at Spa....

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

17 December 2009

[quote amble]he doesn't have anything to prove[/quote]

Why does he need to have anything to prove?

Maybe he's just sitting there thinking "26 cars, full tanks, narrow front wheels, Massa, Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso...Kobayashi even...Mein Gott! what a hoot that's going to be!"

It may be all that he needs???

As a side note, the phenomenal Sauber Mercedes C11 is making a return to racing next season in the Historic Group C series. If he manages not to race in F1 I'd be equally happy if Bob Berridge could encourage Michael Schumacher into that.

17 December 2009

[quote The Colonel]It may be all that he needss???[/quote]

I hope that you're right!

17 December 2009

I think the aggression is somewhat unnecessary BigEd. Teg's points reflect the view of much of the motorsport community.

Of course Schumacher doesn't need to come back to F1 racing. But he desperately wants to, by all accounts. He is only interested in driving - Ferrari have offered him management roles in the Scuderia but it doesn't interest him.

Interestingly, F1 Racing magazine wrote a few years ago that BMW were chasing Schumacher back when they were taking over Sauber, essentially in the same way Mercedes now want him - to drive and to be an ambassador for the brand.

Schumacher will always be welcome in Maranello, but they don't need another driver and it was Montezemolo who was instrumental in easing him out in favour of Kimi. Ferrari want a line-up for the longer term; Mercedes want a big name for an impact now, until they can get their hands on Vettel, and there is no name bigger than Schuey. That is the bigger issue, and the Middle East business is simply coincidence - if there wasn't a race at Abu Dhabi last month they would have met somewhere else.

I can't wait to see it. I think he will have a much tougher time than when he was last racing - the new generation will not fear going head to head with him and have not experienced him thashing them all over the world, so his reputation won't mean anything out on the track. But his skills will make up for it and he should be on the pace, especially at his favoured tracks like Spa and Monza.

17 December 2009

Surely this is all very simple.

For us, the viewers, does his presence in a car make the sport more or less interesting? Hard to argue with "yes" as the answer to that one.

For him, would he rather stay at home or go racing? Seems the answer is go racing.

At the end of the day, the only thing he actually has to lose is is life, which is a risk they all take. He is not going to make a fool of himself, he may actually still be as good as he ever was. If the sum total of his year is a couple of podiums, no one is going to look back and say "well acutally he was rubbish".

Borg made a half hearted attempt at a come back 10 years after he retired and made a brief fool of himself. But he is still Borg. Always will be.

Mansell made a two-part comeback, one with Williams which was pretty successful, one with McLaren which was not. Nobody changed their opinion of the man because of this. You either liked him or you didn't.

Nobody should live their lives worrying what people will think of them. They should just do what they think is right for them and those they care about.

17 December 2009

[quote BigEd]

if you had read earlier articles/blogs and the associated comments concerning this story you would know his motivation. so please stop trotting out these types of trite, lame comments.

Schumacher and his mates have made it plain, he wants to race, that's what he is, a racer. he's not a car salesman - see his half-heartedness at the 458 Italia launch in Frankfurt.

he does not have formally 'a life time job at Ferrari'. he contractually has three years.

please desist from the urge to trot out 'make the quota' comments for the sake of it, especially when you choose to ignore/fly in the face of what is known already. it's crass.

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If racing his motivation, why haven't we seen him on track in another series since his retirement? Contractual agreements or not, he has done very little racing since.

You are of course right, his current agreement is for three years but there is no tangible reason why it wouldn't be renewed, it's hardly as if he is an incompetent development driver or that his reputation still doesn't bring Ferrari customers.

I find it a shame that you feel that it is crass to have a different opinion to your own?

 

 

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