Michael Schumacher may not be competing next year but he will still take an interest in what is happening on race tracks and will be keeping an eye on upcoming talent. Ferrari has said that it would like Schumacher to have an advisory role in...
Michael Schumacher may not be competing next year but he will still take an interest in what is happening on race tracks and will be keeping an eye on upcoming talent. Ferrari has said that it would like Schumacher to have an advisory role in regard to choosing future drivers for the Scuderia, as well as being involved in the sporting and road car departments.
"Michael has always been interested in following young drivers," said CEO Jean Todt at the Ferrari World Finals at Monza. "I remember Michael talking to me about Felipe (Massa) when he still was in lesser series. He also talked to me about Kimi (Raikkonen) before he entered F1, so he has a unique eye and it will be important to allow us to make choices on the drivers of the future and also to follow the current drivers."
"Michael is one of the greatest drivers in the history of motor racing. He has a unique knowledge of racing, so we'll try to take advantage of his knowledge in the best way to take choices for the team at a sporting and technical level."
"He will be very close to us but he won't have any particular obligation to be present either in the factory or at the races or at private tests. He will be an indispensable interface in the process of taking decisions for the future of Ferrari's sporting arm. Finally, as he's done up to now, he will make his contribution on the definition of the road cars."
Schumacher has not yet confirmed what his position will entail. "I can't say anything precise about what I will do in the future and I don't want to define my role inside Ferrari yet," he said. "I will take a break in the coming months, and then I will be more clear about what I want to do. Ferrari have left me free to decide and have given me the time that I need to make up my mind."
Meanwhile, Ross Brawn, who steps down from his position of technical director, has not ruled out a return to Maranello. Brawn's intention is to meet with Todt and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo in the middle of 2007 to discuss how things are going on both sides and to see if there is a role for Brawn to play in the future.
"I just feel I need to have a little break to recharge my batteries and also to give some other guys at Ferrari an opportunity to show what they can do when they are given full responsibility," Brawn said. He will be replaced by Mario Almondo.