Schumacher rejects Lotus offer to fill in for Raikkonen in Austin and Sao Paulo 14 November, 2013 Michael Schumacher rides the Austin track ahead of the 2012 US GP Lotus reportdly approached Michael Schumacher about making a possible Formula 1 comeback in the last two races of the season but the retired seven time World Champion made it clear that he was not interested. Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said the approach to the 44-year-old, who quit the sport last year after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following his earlier retirement from Ferrari, came as no surprise. “Michael’s performance against Nico [Rosberg, last year] and Nico’s performance against Lewis [Hamilton, this year] made a lot of people aware of how good Michael still was,” she told Reuters in an email on Wednesday. Michael Schumacher battles Kimi Raikkonen during the 2012 Brazilian GP “Plus, he is still very fit. But he just feels so good in his new life.” Lotus have been seeking a replacement for 2007 Champion Kimi Raikkonen, who is leaving for Ferrari at the end of the year and has pulled out of the U.S. and Brazilian Grands Prix to have back surgery. They are now expected to agree a deal with former Renault, McLaren and Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. (Reuters) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsBarrichello says he nearly replaced Raikkonen for final two racesBriatore: US GP showed that Lotus made very bad choice with KovalainenGrosjean rises to occasion and seizes role of Lotus team leaderGrosjean: I’m very proud to represent Lotus and my guys that are working in EnstoneLotus: It’s been another positive weekend for the teamDubai Expo 2020 bid logo featured on Lotus in AustinKovalainen: I’ve done everything to step into Kimi’s shoes, I’ve even worn his underwearLotus: Our long run pace looks good and we’re feeling quite confidentLotus: Kovalainen’s done a brilliant job, particularly getting used to driving a new carLotus: We were happy with the pace from both drivers, particularly on the long runs Tyum Prost won his last wdc aged 39. Mansell his last race age 42 I believe, and Fittipaldi raced at 400kph in CART aged 55. Schu could have done it. torque I thought of this idea too but there’s no way Shumi would come back for 2 races and give up his Merc ambassadorship for a couple of races, and lotus can’t afford to pay him for next year and beyond so not surprised. Would have been nice tho. Michael Schumacher It would have been nice and fun to watch in a competitive car. Spartacus Actually, what’s surprising is how good Rosberg is against Schumacher and Hamilton. Quietly doing rather well against drivers who the media would tell you are the best there’s ever been. Schumacher, however, was right to decline this invitation. Nothing to gain, lots to lose. coefficient Nice idea but was never going to happen. Schumacher still on the payroll at Mercedes bringing home a Lotus ahead of one or even both of the Merc F1 cars would be a very hard board room discussion to have.