Schumacher plays down Ecclestone retirement remarks 2 September, 2012 Sep.2 (GMM) Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher played down Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks suggesting that the Mercedes driver is set to return to retirement at the end of this year. “I’m sorry that he’s leaving us not being a winner [with Mercedes],” the F1 chief executive told BBC One television before the Belgian Grand Prix. Schumacher, 43, smiled when asked about Ecclestone’s comments after the race. “I guess he said: ‘If I would leave’,” the great German said. “I told him yesterday that I had not made a decision about my future.” Mercedes’ Norbert Haug said on German television Sky: “(Regarding Schumacher’s future) There is nothing new to report.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsItalian Grand Prix. Mercedes preview MonzaMercedes under fire for Three Stooges style managementRosberg: I apologise to Lewis and the teamHamilton: I feel it would be wrong to point fingersMercedes: Nico and Lewis free to race but no contactHave Mercedes bosses lost control of their drivers?Mercedes seek guidance from fans and big bossRicciardo could steal title from Mercedes duo warns HakkinenMercedes: Hot heads should be cooled this weekCivil war persists at Mercedes in aftermath of Spa clash McLaren Fan Bernie with a wooden spoon McLaren Fan Bernie with a big wooden spoon seb bernie will eat his words. a lot of financial loss if schumi retires! plus him going to jail!