Mercedes, sources, rubbish Kubica rumours

Mercedes, as well as "well-placed sources in Germany", have scoffed at reports Michael Schumacher might be dumped and replaced in 2011 by Robert Kubica. But overnight, a second specialist Italian website reported that Mercedes chiefs have now...

Mercedes, as well as "well-placed sources in Germany", have scoffed at reports Michael Schumacher might be dumped and replaced in 2011 by Robert Kubica.

But overnight, a second specialist Italian website reported that Mercedes chiefs have now met with Kubica, who currently drives for Renault.

A team spokesman told the Guardian that "there is absolutely no truth" in the reports.

Also referring to the rumour, the Daily Mail newspaper said Mercedes "laughed if off", while "well-placed sources in Germany ruled it out entirely".

Finland's Turun Sanomat also said Mercedes denied the reports, while Nico Rosberg defended his under-fire and famous teammate.

"He's had some very strong races this year. Sometimes I've had the upper hand, but in general I see him as strong," he said.

Earlier in Valencia, Schumacher put the media fuss about his lacklustre return to Formula One so far this year down to "showbusiness".

"To moan about me creates some attention, which maybe is what they want. I'd rather not hear about it, or have to answer your question, but that's what it comes down to for me," said the German.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Mercedes