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. Tweet Related NewsMercedes oppose call to free up F1 engine developmentMercedes working hard on 2015 car says WolffMercedes celebrate with all staff at Brackley HQHamilton styles it with one kilo gold chainMercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 worldMercedes braced for a thrilling season finaleWolff: We’re suddenly bad guys because we adhere to rulesHamilton: I dedicate Russian GP victory to JulesRosberg: The next three races are my favouritesWolff: This trophy also belongs to Ross Brawn seb naturally he would say that because he himself is overstaying. but not for loooong…………..