Schumacher can stay in F1 forever declares Ecclestone 8 July, 2012 Jul.8 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has backed 43-year-old Michael Schumacher to extend his Formula One comeback beyond this season. The seven time world champion’s existing three year contract, following his ultra-successful first career that spanned a record-smashing 91 race wins, ends this season. Schumacher has faced criticism since returning from retirement in 2010, but at Monaco this year he was back on pole position, and at Valencia last time out he finished on the podium. On Sunday, when the great German started the British Grand Prix from third place, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said: “He’s doing a good job; he’s third on the grid here – you can’t ask for much more. “Why shouldn’t he stay another ten years?” wondered the diminutive Briton, who thinks the presence on the grid of an F1 living legend is a good thing for his sport. “If it was up to me, he would stay forever,” Ecclestone is quoted by the German news agency SID. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMercedes: It looks like we have the quickest car againWolff: You cannot expect it to run super-smoothlyLotus close to Mercedes engine deal reveals WolffHamilton: There wasn’t a discussion after HungaryRosberg: There was a discussion after HungaryWolff says he advised Verstappen to sign for Red BullBelgian Grand Prix: Mercedes preview SpaHamilton: Racing Rosberg is a bit like playing pokerWolff: We owe it to everyone to let Nico and Lewis raceJalinier: Renault and Ferrari out-spent by Mercedes seb naturally he would say that because he himself is overstaying. but not for loooong…………..