Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that his team will not stand in Michael Schumacher’s way if the seven-time World Champion decides to make a comeback in F1 with Mercedes GP, as has been widely rumoured in recent weeks.
Schumacher is currently contracted in a consultancy role with the Scuderia, and the news comes on the back of a weekend of fevered speculation in the German press that Schumacher is on the verge of signing a deal to drive with Mercedes in 2010. Bild suggested on Monday that only the results of a medical test now stand between Schumacher and a comeback.
When asked by Reuters if the multiple world champion could be prevented form racing elsewhere by his Ferrari contract, di Montezemolo said: "No, [it’s] not binding."
"It’s clear that if he decides to take another road our agreement will no longer be valid, that is logical," added the Ferrari boss. "You can’t work with a competitor and with us at the same time. I still haven’t spoken to him about it. He is only a dear friend, not a team member. He is a consultant for our road cars."
Schumacher’s hopes of making a return with Ferrari last season to stand in for the injured Felipe Massa were cut short when a neck injury, sustained racing motorbikes, ruled him as unfit to race.
Since then his manager Willi Weber has gone on the record saying Schumacher is now fit and healthy.
This just gets more interesting by the day…!
You’d hate to be Nico Rosberg – having thought you’d signed into a plum role with the current champion team, and now at the risk of being outclassed by a 41-year-old!
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