Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes Future Is Still Undecided

Michael Schumacher’s return to Formula One hasn’t gone according to plan. Having firstly been touted to star for Ferrari in 2009 after Felipe Massa’s horrific injury, he then settled for the new formed Mercedes team but is still yet to win a race in the car.

Now it seems like his time is almost up. Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has said that they face a “difficult decision” over the future of Schumacher, and, with the team having reportedly offered McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton a contract already, it appears like there won’t be enough room for him too.

But if Hamilton decides to stay with McLaren, then there is an outside chance that Schumacher, who wants to continue, will stay. However, senior Mercedes figures believe that the 43 year-old should retire.

Speaking to BBC Radio, Brawn said, “The decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a difficult one. Obviously he’s very involved in that decision, and discussions are ongoing at the moment. Michael has been a huge asset to the team, he’s really taken us forward. I do think Michael contributes an awful lot.” Doesn’t sound too convincing, does he.

Schumacher’s driving partner Nico Rosberg is under contract with the team until 2013 and is likely to stay whilst the German’s contract ends at the end of the current campaign. Plus his performances this season have been far from convincing in races despite having out qualified Nico eight times. It is believed that a decision will be made regarding both Schumacher and Hamilton’s futures very soon, but we’ve been hearing that for several weeks now.

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