Whether Michael Schumacher is on track or not the former champion is rarely without a trail of speculation following in his wake. Recently the question of him leaving Ferrari after this season to race for another team has been in the rumour mill,...
Whether Michael Schumacher is on track or not the former champion is rarely without a trail of speculation following in his wake. Recently the question of him leaving Ferrari after this season to race for another team has been in the rumour mill, but Schumacher has made it clear the odds of that happening are very small -- although not impossible.
The German previously said his future depended on Ferrari's competitiveness this year, and if it wasn't up to scratch he might not want to continue. He didn't suggest that he may move to another team but his manager, Willi Weber, who is a bit prone to saying random things that tend to backfire on him, hinted that it could happen.
Schumacher admitted he could not guarantee 100 percent that he would stay with Ferrari but it is the most likely outcome if he keeps racing. "I said that at mid-season I will decide if I want to go on or not go on, and 99 percent I do this with Ferrari if I go on. I should say 99.9," he said at Ferrari's winter ski event in Italy.
"When I said this sentence I made the comment that unfortunately I would rather say this because I don't want to lie and in life it is simply impossible to be 100 percent certain of what is going to happen, and therefore I see my future with Ferrari."
"Anyway, who can look so far in advance, and who can tell what is going to happen, particularly in our sport where things sometimes move rather quickly and as I said, I don't want to lie and therefore I am saying the truth and 99 percent that is what it is and then we will see."
For the moment Schumacher's focus is the upcoming season. He is optimistic about the performance and progress so far in winter testing, although Ferrari has yet to debut its new car, and, unsurprisingly, his goal is to reclaim the championship.
"I think we can only have one target at least and that is to win the championship, in particular after a year like last year where success was so poor to our standards and we would really like to come back to where we had been before, to fight for the championship and maybe finally win it."