Mercedes boss tempers Schumacher contract expectations

(L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 with Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director. Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday 21 February 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.

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  • 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.