Ralf still confident he will stay in F1
|By Jonathan Noble and Mark Glendenning
||Tuesday, October 9th 2007, 13:03 GMT
Ralf Schumacher has cheekily suggested that he is ready to deliver bad news for 'the English guys' in Formula One by securing his future on the Grand Prix grid.
The German has already announced he is leaving Toyota and, although his options in F1 appear very limited, he has not yet given up on remaining in F1 next year.
And in a reference to his perceived belief that the English press do not like him, on the back of their historical criticisms of his brother, Schumacher says that an extension of his F1 career may not be welcome by all.
"It is too early to say," said Schumacher when asked about his future. "We're still in talks, but my confidence about being in Formula One next year still hasn't changed. It's terrible for the English guys, but..."
Schumacher has been linked with a vacant seat at Spyker, through his close ties to new owner Vijay Mallya, even though sources close the Indian have ruled out such a lifeline.
One other option could be Prodrive, who are close to securing a supply of customer McLarens for 2008.
When asked whether or not he would drive a car that was not definitely a front runner, Schumacher said: "The situation will depend on what's possible with whatever car you're given.
"I'm really interested to start something new, something where you can improve with a decent situation. And in F1, everything can be possible if you work your way through and you're able to build the team around you and build a proper car."