Haug doubts that Schumacher wants F1 role in 2013

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 announces his retirement from Formula One at the end of 2012 with Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal and Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday 4 October 2012.Nov.21 (GMM) Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug has played down the possibility that Michael Schumacher will return to the paddock next year with a prominent Formula One role.

The seven time world champion is returning to retirement after a three-year comeback with Mercedes, but had been tipped for a non-driving role at Mercedes.

“There will be talks after the season,” Mercedes’ motor racing vice-president Haug told SID news agency.

“However, I don’t think [that] Michael wants a role in F1.

“He loves our brand and we would count ourselves very lucky if Michael would work with us further in the international sphere for Mercedes.

“There are few sportsmen who are rated as highly as he is, or loved as much. And the roots of his professional career were with Mercedes, just as the end of his active career was as well.

“A further cooperation could not be more authentic,” added Haug.

Meanwhile, Haug denied suggestions that Mercedes is ramping up its F1 budget to coincide with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton in 2013.

“I don’t know where these rumours come from,” said the German.

“That was never the plan, and we never have nor ever will complain about having too little money.”

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  • Disgusted with 2012

    It’s unfortunate that Merc could not develop a quick enough car in 3 seasons, leaving both Michael and Niko non-competitive (with but a few small exceptions.) Apparently, Brawn is not the master-mind he believes himself to be without the likes of a Rory Byrne to design and keep the engineer inside from wandering down a lost road (double DRS). While Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren devoted themselves to development of complete packages, Ross kept to his DDRS guns and failed to keep up elsewhere. Meanwhile, the way Schumacher came into his two retirements, both from teams treating him like trash after they failed technically, I can see him not wanting anything to do with the whole mess for some time. Hamilton has a “massive” challenge in front of him. Best of luck Lu Lu, you’re going to need it. This team is proving to be more poison than treat.

  • Venezia

    It’s unfortunate he ends up here in merc. He won’t have any active role in merc because that haug and laudmouth are despicable!

  • Venezia

    Schumeister will return to f1 in a better team but for now baby schumeister will carry on his winning legacy! The legend lives on! The best forever!

  • Nichole

    F………………off lulu we dont care about your leaving Mac, we care about the legend’s final race and saying goodbye to him, he is number one what do the poms know about F1, let the dead be dead. Senna is long gone who cares about him. Do not spoil Michael’s goodbye, we will defenitely see him next year in a better sport than corrupt F1. All the Best Michael you are always number 1.