Ecclestone: I’d like to see Schumacher in the second Red Bull

Michael Schumacher in the cocpkit of the red Bull RB8 in this digitally manipulated image

A digitally manipulated image showing Michael Schumacher in the cockpit of the Red Bull RB8

Feb.24 (Reuters) According to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, Michael Schumacher can be a winner with Mercedes this season but ideally he would be alongside double world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull team.

L-R: Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing (2010 and 2011 Formula 1 World Champion), Team Germany and Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP (seven-time Formula 1 World Champion), Team Germany celebrate their fifth ROC Nations Cup win. Race of Champions, Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany, 3-4 December 2011.

Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumcher are Race of Champions team mates

Schumacher, the 43-year-old seven-times world champion, is starting the third season of his comeback still chasing his first podium finish since he retired as a Ferrari driver in 2006.

Vettel has during this time won the last two championships, taking 11 victories last season and wrapping up the title with four races to spare.

Ecclestone said he did not want to see that domination again this year, when there will be an unprecedented six champions on the starting grid, and hoped Schumacher would come good.

“It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if he did,” he told reporters after announcing a new commercial partnership. “I’d like to see him in a good car. I’d like to see him in the second Red Bull. I don’t think Sebastian would mind.”

That would not please Mark Webber, Vettel’s current team mate, but Ecclestone said he had nothing against the popular Australian.

“I’m just saying it would be nice to see him (Schumacher) in the car where you know that if he doesn’t win, it’s his fault and not the car’s.”

Asked whether he felt the older German – who has looked in fine form in pre-season testing – could still win, Ecclestone replied: “Yeah, sure.”

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP is presented with a bike by Eddy Merckx (BEL) Cycling Legend with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM) (Left). Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 28 August 2011.  BEST IMAGE

Michael Schumacher with Bernie Ecclestone

The 81-year-old said the season would have 20 races as scheduled with no question mark over any of them.

Bahrain, a race cancelled last year due to unrest in the Gulf kingdom, was “100 percent certain”, the new U.S. race at Austin, Texas, was “cracking away” on building a circuit and South Korea was all in order.

Ecclestone said the teams were right to ask for a bigger slice of the commercial revenues but their chances of extracting more money out of him in a new ‘Concorde Agreement’ under negotiation were “slim to none”.

With no Italian drivers on the grid for the first time in more than 40 years, Ecclestone recognised that the sport needed a strong Ferrari.

“It’s better that we do have a good Italian. But if Ferrari is winning, it doesn’t make any difference,” he said.

The Italian glamour team, who have been present at every championship since 1950, have not set the testing track alight and have said they have plenty of work to do before the start of the season in Australia on March 18.

“They know what the problem is and it’s not a problem [that’s difficult] to fix,” said Ecclestone. “So I think you’re going to find that they are going to fix it quite shortly.”

The Briton said he expected compatriot and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton to be making the right moves again after a controversial and crash-laden season last year.

“I spoke to him the other day. I think he’s got a bit more focused,” he said, while criticising the management he had around him in 2011.

Hamilton’s McLaren contract is up for renewal at the end of the season and Ecclestone suggested that a move could be on the cards if he or the team were off the pace.

“I think if he doesn’t perform this year he’d be looking maybe to move on and the team may be also looking for him to move on,” he added.

  • wes

    very nice photoshop!! :-)

  • me262

    WHOAA since when does Schumacher drive a Red Bull? I totally missed the news…did he swap seats with webber or sthing?

  • Editor

    As it says in the caption: THIS IS A DIGITALLY MANIPULATED IMAGE

  • what name?

    Implied meaning:

    Schumacher sucks. He can win only in the fastest car.

  • Sennauno


    Is Red bull powered by Mercedes now or sthing? or is that part of the manipulated image? thats definately a mercedes sign on Schumi’s helmet…i wouldnt have thought a team could switch engines this deep into the off season…has schumacher brought mercedes engines to Red Bull as part of the deal??? so where’s the news of Mark Webber going to mercedes? makes sense as Mark raced Mercedes sports cars..

  • numiii

    they both are in the same level… can’t win without the best equipment in their grasp.

  • visz963

    They have both proven that they can win without the best equipment. Think of Schumacher in 1994/5 and Vettel winning with Toro Rosso.
    (and dont bullshit with Toro Rosso having Ferrari engines at Monza, since Ferrari also had Ferrari engines…in a better car)

  • Editor

    Please read the article – then you will realise the altered image is a parody or cartoon – to be taken lightly…

  • F1 Follower 1991

    Loving the photoshop! looks very slick!

    Some people need to read the article more rather than just look at the picture ;)

    Could you really imagine Bernie pushing for this to happen! What about Vettel and Newey switching over to Mercedes to replace Nico, would have more chance of that haha! ;)

    I wonder what kind of price tag Bernie would give RedBull for that kind of move!

  • Twiinz

    It’s a pipe dream, but man that would be fun, wouldn’t it???
    To finally see Schumi in a Newey penned car would be amazing. Nice job with the photoshop.

  • IndianF1

    If Bernie had his way he would still be running F1 at 100 yrs and Schumi would be driving when he is 60 yrs old.
    I guess they never heard of the word “retire”, in Schumi’s case he unlearnt it

  • Stewy33

    @ editor

    This photo shop magic would of made a great joke story for April Fools day! To bad you used this already.

  • don

    I’d like to see Ernie Becclestone retire. Schumi can stay for as long as people are convinced he can only be superman in a supercar.

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    @ Sennatres

    How bloody funny and true.

  • Evel

    I’d like to see Bernie in a Red Bull!

  • Junior_Johnson

    Who is this Bernie guy everybidy keeps talking about?