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GP Week : Issue 170
F1 >>> NEWS When it was announced that Lewis Hamilton had signed for Mercedes, replacing Michael Schumacher as Nico Rosberg’s teammate, the big question was ‘what would Michael do next?’. There were rumours of a move to Sauber, or a backseat role with Mercedes, and the remote possibility of a season in Felipe Massa’s seat at Ferrari. But when the F1 circus arrived in Suzuka, they were met with the news that Formula One’s great record collector was retiring from the sport. Again. As was only to be expected, news of Schumacher’s retirement sent the paddock rumour mill into a tailspin. Would the seven-time world champion take on a brand ambassador role with the Silver Arrows, selling Mercedes in the same way he sold Ferraris after his departure from the Scuderia? Or would Schumacher spend a season in DTMs, humiliating brother Ralf in yet another race series? When Schumacher ’s comeback was first announced at the end of 2009, one of the stories doing the rounds was that the experienced racer would be racing while also serving a team principal’s apprenticeship, with a view to making Germany’s race team a Teutonic powerhouse. But Ross Brawn has shown no sign of wanting to step down from the role of team principal, and the Mercedes bosses in Stuttgart are keen to keep him. Reacting to the confirmation of Schumacher ’s retirement from Formula One, Brawn confirmed that Mercedes were keen to find a role for Germany’s most famous racing driver. “We would like him to stay involved with Mercedes,” Brawn said. “There are a lot of things he can contribute – perhaps on the racing car side, but certainly on the road car side, and I think that is something he would enjoy a great deal.” The question is, does Schumacher want to remain with Mercedes? While his departure has been couched in PR friendly terms from the outset, there is no escaping the fact that – for the second time in his career – Schumacher has been nudged into retirement by his team’s acquisition of younger, more exciting talent. For all the talk of Schumacher’s indecisiveness over his future career plans, the simple fact is that when Mercedes discovered that Hamilton was both interested and available, the prospect of another season with the unsatisfying performances delivered by the post- comeback Regenmeister became somewhat less appealing. MSC RET. THIS TIME IT’S PERMANENT? 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: