No plans for Schumacher to leave Ferrari

No plans for Schumacher to leave Ferrari

Michael Schumacher's contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2004 and, despite the recent bout of speculation as to what he might do at the end of it, the current champion says he is not looking to move to another team. It would surely come as...

Michael Schumacher's contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2004 and, despite the recent bout of speculation as to what he might do at the end of it, the current champion says he is not looking to move to another team. It would surely come as a surprise if he did decide to leave the Scuderia and another offer has already been put forward by Ferrari to secure his services in the future. Schumacher has yet to reveal what his plans are but has shrugged off the rumours that the team wants a reduction in his price.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"I don't know anything about a pay cut," he said, according to the BBC. "I have a contract until the end of next year and I basically have the offer, down to my decision, to stay on if I want to stay on."

"I don't see any other team I would race for in Formula One. I know where I want to stay, I know Ferrari would like me to stay. It's just a matter of finding the right moment to see if everything is exactly the way we both want and if we want to continue."

Schumacher will obviously be aiming for a win at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, a race he has won twice before in its four year history in the sport, 2003 being the fifth time the Sepang circuit has hosted the event. An unexpected fourth place finish in Melbourne for the German means Ferrari will be fighting hard to reclaim its authority.

The team continues with the modified F2002 chassis and Schumacher said recently that the new F2003-GA will only be bought into play when the team is ready.

However, he admits that two big crashes in testing, by Luca Badoer, in the new car did not help development: "Obviously the two accidents didn't help our programme and to some degree may delay our programme." He commented.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari