Mercedes GP has played down feverish speculation in the media that Michael Schumacher will be driving for the ex-Brawn outfit next year. The 7-time World Champion, who drove for Mercedes-Benz in sports cars before making his Formula 1 debut in 1991, had been linked with a full-time seat ahead of the 2010 season.
With newly-crowned World Champion Jenson Button moving to McLaren, Schumacher has been tipped by several F1 insiders as the ideal team-mate to compatriot Nico Rosberg, who is also yet to be signed up for next year and is hotly tipped to move to Mercedes-Benz. Despite admitting that the possibility would be ‘a dream’, however, the silver arrows have revealed that a link-up with Schumacher is not on the cards.
"It’s clear that there will always be speculation as long as one cockpit is still free," a spokesman for Mercedes, as quoted by Reuters, said, "and some speculations are nothing but dreams which will not come true."
A notable believer of a Schumacher deal is former team owner and BBC television "pundit" Eddie Jordan, who believes that a deal may already be in place. With the smart money firmly on Rosberg, though, fellow countryman Nick Heidfeld is seemingly the most likely candidate for the second seat.
That being said, the denials coming from all quarters probably mean it’s true!