Mercedes offers Schumacher new non-racing job
4 October, 2012
Oct.4 (GMM) Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche has invited Michael Schumacher to stay in the Mercedes family in a non-racing role, despite being replaced by Lewis Hamilton in their F1 team.
“My personal wish is that he [Schumacher] remains a partner of our enterprise after his active time in the Mercedes cockpit,” he is quoted by the Bild am Feiertag newspaper.
Actually, it was believed until Thursday that the seven time world champion – having been told he is being replaced for 2013 by Hamilton – was weighing up his options elsewhere on next year’s grid.
But Mercedes’ motor racing president Norbert Haug is also leaving the door open for the 43-year-old to take up a different role.
He and Zetsche have both said it was Mercedes’ fault that Schumacher failed to win during his three-year comeback period.
And Haug told SID news agency there is no rift or “tension” in the wake of the Hamilton news.
“He [Schumacher] has assured us that, in light of the long term dimension, he fully understands the commitment with Lewis Hamilton,” said Haug.
“There is no tension between Michael and the team and we can absolutely imagine a further cooperation,” he added.
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