No wins could make Schumacher quit

Despite Michael Schumacher signing a new deal with Ferrari until the end of 2006, Juan Pablo Montoya thinks the champion would quit if he stopped winning. The Colombian has been persistently linked with Ferrari since he arrived on the F1 scene and...

Despite Michael Schumacher signing a new deal with Ferrari until the end of 2006, Juan Pablo Montoya thinks the champion would quit if he stopped winning. The Colombian has been persistently linked with Ferrari since he arrived on the F1 scene and many think he could replace Schumacher.

Whether or not that will ever happen is yet to be seen but Montoya said if Ferrari lost its winning ways, Michael wouldn't hang around until 2006. "If he's not winning, he'll probably retire before," he told today's press conference in Montreal.

"At the moment for him to make a decision and stay winning is not as difficult as if suddenly Ferrari starts to struggle. I think everything could change. I don't know Michael, so I don't know, but I'd be surprised if he's not winning if he stays more years, it wouldn't look that good."

Montoya, who beat McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and Schumacher to victory in Monaco, is not bothered about the prospect of the reigning champion being around for another few years.

"It won't change anything. He's there, you've got to try to beat him," he said. "If he's not there, you've got to try to beat somebody else. They've had big difference in cars in the last few years, this year it's been getting a lot closer. He's not winning races as easily as before and he's not even leading the championship at the moment."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren