Michael Schumacher has had his turn to quash yet more rumours of his impending retirement, confirming that he will “certainly be racing” with Mercedes GP in 2012.
His comments came in the wake of his own manager, Sabine Kehm, slamming comments made in the Italian press last week which suggested that the 42-year-old was considering his future.
“These (were) words reported on our website and our editorial staff didn’t know anything about it. When we noticed that news, we invited the website to remove it, which was done,” the editor of the Corriere dello Sport newspaper – which ran the story – told 422race.com.
At the Mercedes-sponsored Stuttgarter Sternstunden event that took place on the weekend, Schumacher also moved to end the speculation once and for all.
“I’ll certainly be racing next year, that is definite,” Schumacher said at the event, even hinting that he could remain in the sport beyond 2012.
“We will have to see how things develop and how much energy and fun is still there,” he added.
And the German certainly has plenty of supporters in his corner, with Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug praising his speed.
“His speed in the last race was mostly on a par with Nico Rosberg,” Haug added. “He will continue and succeed.”
Even Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber was equally praising, telling the Die Welt newspaper: “He has started something and he will also see it to the end.”
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