Mercedes boss tempers Schumacher contract expectations 31 July, 2012 Jul.30 (GMM) Norbert Haug has played down expectations that Michael Schumacher’s plans beyond the 2012 season will be discussed and decided during the month-long August break. With the seven time world champion’s three-year ‘comeback’ contract set to expire this year, it might be said that the big gap between Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix and F1’s next outing at the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in early September is an ideal opportunity for his crucial talks with Mercedes. News of a new deal would also be timely, given Schumacher’s special connection with the Belgian grand prix, and the fact the 2012 event coincides with the triple-century milestone in the 43-year-old’s epic grand prix career. But Haug, carmaker Mercedes’ motor racing chief, insisted that the sport’s fans and the media should not be expecting that news at Spa. “I doubt [that] there will be an announcement at Spa. This is going to take a little bit longer,” he is quoted by the SID news agency. Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps in 1991, winning his first of 91 career victories at the same Belgian circuit a year later. He won five other Belgian grands prix (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002), which is an outright record. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsJock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and NicoMercedes ready to compromise to end F1 engine disputeHamilton: I feel like I’ve got another seven years in F1Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the YearRosberg: I learned a lot and know what I have to work onFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeFormula 1 world surprised by Mercedes dominance in 2014Mercedes seek FP1 role for Wehrlein in 2015Lowe vows to improve Mercedes reliability Matthias O’keeffe I hope Michael stays with Mercedes for the next 5 to 10 yrs. Time For Schumacher To Go Mercedes is stupid to keep Schumacher. He can’t even beat his overrated team mate. Mercedes has designed their car around Schumacher the last two years and he still fails to produce any tangible results. Maybe Schumacher should be driving one of the HRT’s. Psych4191 They should snag Di Resta while they’ve still got the chance. Best driver pairing for each team: Ferrari: Alonso – Perez McLaren: Hamilton – Button Red Bull: Vettel – Webber Mercedes: Rosberg – Di Resta Lotus: Raikkonen – Grosjean Williams: Bottas – Senna Sauber: Kobayashi – Kovalainen Force India: Hulkenburg – Bianchi STR: Ricciardo – Vergne Caterham: Rossi or Van Der Garde – Petrov Marussia: Glock – Pic HRT: De La Rosa – Clos Period. No Karthikeyan, no Sutil, no Maldonado. This is probably the best possible grid (And might even be the most likely) we could have from these teams. Hawk Someone really hates Schumi. But anyway Mercedes should save that money. And the contract signing will only take as long as Lewis has not signed. Hawk @Psych nice and precise opinion. However, if I were Ferrari or Mercedes I would have the second Nico any day before Di Resta or Perez who I both think are a tard overrated. His only undoing is sponsorship. kaka007 @Tamanna haque michael has achieved hell of a lot in the past..i don’t think anyone is gonna beat that in the near future or in the distant one..he should retire and give that merc seat to some young talent who is striving for success..there is no sense for what he is doing now..may be he is fast still but it’s a maybe..by prolonging his already successful career is ruining some young guns future and that precious merc seat..guys like nico hulkenberg,perez(may be better of at sauber than merc),di resta,ricciardo,etc deserves a seat at the top team.. well what i’m saying is that schumi has achieved everything and he should retire for good kaka007 I have nothing against schumi by the way..i don’t like him or hate him Disgusted with 2012 Schumacher is not the whole issue, it’s also on Merc.’s head. Braun is in as much of a slump/run of bad luck/series of bad calls as Michael is on driver errors and bad luck. The car is just not that good, and the double DRS is proving generally worthless to them. I hope he decides to stay and keep working the problem. Michael Schumacher belongs in F1 as much as any driver in the series today, and has earned the right to determine his own destiny, no matter who that seems to bother here. I wish him the best, even if he never wins another race. In his worst season ever, he is showing more grace than several of the top finishers, who are so busy acting like snots and rock stars they have lost perspective.