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Mercedes' 2010 lineup to 'surprise' - Haug

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Norbert Haug has passed up an opportunity to clearly rule out speculation that Michael Schumacher is set to make a sensational return to full time Formula One racing. Amid intense speculation that the almost 41-year-old will join Nico...

Norbert Haug has passed up an opportunity to clearly rule out speculation that Michael Schumacher is set to make a sensational return to full time Formula One racing.

Amid intense speculation that the almost 41-year-old will join Nico Rosberg in an all-German 2010 lineup for Mercedes GP, the marque's competition director said: "You might be surprised.

"I'm pretty sure you and your readers will like our choice," Haug told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

When asked specifically about the Schumacher rumours, he added: "There is always speculation in this sport, especially when cockpits have not yet been filled.

"And there are dreams, and that's a good thing. Fulfilling these dreams is another thing."

When told by the Sunday newspaper that German fans are expecting a German superteam, Haug added: "You seem to know more than I do. And with all due respect, I don't think so."

Haug was also asked about rumours linking Adrian Sutil with a Mercedes seat, and he answered: "We have agreed confidentiality with all the drivers with whom we are speaking."

Also on Sunday, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone played down the prospect of a return for Schumacher, the most successful driver in the history of the sport.

"It's most unlikely," he said on BBC radio Five Live's Sportsweek. "I don't see any reason why he should (return) and I have not heard anything at all.

"I would be very doubtful," the 79-year-old added.

Schumacher's official spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said: "There are no negotiations going on."

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