Saturday September 8, 2012
Schuey could take management job, says team chief Brawn
MONZA (Italy): Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn said yesterday he had not ruled out the possibility of former seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher taking a management job with the team next year.
Brawn, besieged by questions about Schumacher’s future amid speculation that the German may retire for a second time, said he had an open mind.
Television pundit Eddie Jordan this week claimed that Schumacher had decided already to retire and was to be replaced by 2008 champion Briton Lewis Hamilton, currently with McLaren.
All involved with that report have denied that any decisions have been taken with Schumacher, 43, insisting that he was going to make his decision about next year, the third of his comeback, in October.
Asked about the current situation and the future, Brawn said a management switch was not out of the question, but made clear it was not something that had been considered or discussed with Schumacher or Mercedes.
“It is possible,” he said. “In terms of what role Michael would play in the future, we are not discussing that in detail because that is not a consideration at the moment.
“But Michael’s experience of motor racing, and his judgement and so on, would be an asset to any team. I am not sure he wants a day-to-day commitment that some of us do, but he would like to stay involved.
“He loves the sport, he loves racing, and he loves developing the cars, and seeing how the team works. I can full well see in the future that he would retain a strong interest and that will come one day, and I do hope it will be with us.”
He added that a final decision on Schumacher’s future did not rest solely with the driver.
“I don’t think it (the decision) is his alone,” he said. “We have to go to find a solution together. I can’t go into details, but it is not Michael’s decision to stay, it is not our decision for him to stay. It is a joint decision. — AFP