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Ex-team boss Eddie Jordan makes revelation

Michael Schumacher is negotiating with the Mercedes Grand Prix team, according to the BBC.

BBC F1 pundit and former team owner Eddie Jordan says Mercedes wants the seven-time champion as its lead driver after taking over title-winning Brawn.

"The possibility is being actively pursued and I believe it is going to happen," Jordan told the BBC.

"It started with a meeting between Michael, Ross Brawn and Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"At the moment, it is not possible for Michael to drive for Mercedes because he has a consultancy contract with Ferrari. "But I understand he was due to meet Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo with a view to him being released - and that it will be approved because it is in the interests of F1.

"I believe that is being planned at the moment.

"I also believe Ross and Michael have spoken in recent times and that Michael likes the idea of driving a Mercedes run by Ross. It's a mouth-watering idea.

"Schumacher was bitterly disappointed he didn't get to come back to replace Massa - he's keen to race again. And this is a dream for both parties.

"Michael and Mercedes have go way back - he drove for their sportscar team before he raced in F1, and they were responsible for getting him in to F1. They paid the then Jordan team to give him his debut in 1991.

"He has won all these titles but never driven in F1 for Mercedes."

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Broom Broom 22 November 2009

Re: Schuey 'negotiating with Merc F1'

sorrel wrote:
It's definately not happening.

I'm not sure it suggests it's not happening, but what seems to be apparent now is that no Schumacher deal forced Button from Brawn-Mercedes.

Brawn and Fry seem genuinely narked by what Button has done, and I cannot believe they'll be looking for Heidfeld to partner Rosberg. If that is imposed on the team, it'll be a bit of crass jingoism from Mercedes, but I think that without Schumacher, the team principals will be looking for someone to lead Rosberg rather than follow him.

Still it's not out of the question that there is an attempt to entice Raikkonen to the seat, as Brawn seems very eager to advertise the quality of the team's prospects next year. I believe he'll feel a car has been wasted on a middle-order driver like Hiedfeld, who's a nice chap, but stirs little excitement.

sorrel 22 November 2009

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tannedbaldhead 21 November 2009

Re: Schuey 'negotiating with Merc F1'

I can't help but think of the ignominious twilight of the late great Graham Hill's F1 career.