Michael Schumacher won’t yet commit to making a decision on whether or not he will remain in Formula 1 beyond the end of his three-year deal with Mercedes GP, which expires at the end of the 2012 season.

Michael Schumacher has not yet decided on his long-term future in F1“Just as when I retired in late 2006, I have not thought about it,” he is quoted as telling reporters in the Turkish Grand Prix paddock this weekend.

Adding that he was still “deeply” enjoying driving in the sport, he continued: “I have many hobbies, I have my family. I don’t see myself working with a Formula 1 team unless I am driving.

“My passion for competition is still very much alive.”

The 42-year-old gave an interesting self-assessment of his performance after just over a year back on the F1 circuit.

“Ask the physios and the drivers and they’ll say unanimously that I am still up there,” he said.

“[However], if you ask me if I am the same [driver as in his heyday], the answer is probably not.

“But the success I had was because maybe I am exceptional. Probably I still am exceptional to do what I do at the age I am now,” he added.

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