Schumacher rejects Lotus offer to fill in for Raikkonen in Austin and Sao Paulo

Michael Schumacher rides the Austin track ahead of the 2012 US GP

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

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)

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  • 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.