Michael Schumacher: No 2013 Formula 1 decision before October

Michael Schumacher says that a decision on his Formula 1 future will not be made until October

Michael Schumacher: No 2013 Formula 1 decision before October

The seven-time champion and his Mercedes team are weighing up whether they wish to continue beyond his current deal, which runs out at the end of this season.

But although there had been suggestions that the matter could have been sorted out over the summer break, Schumacher revealed at Spa that nothing will be settled for at least another month.

"I think we made a very clear statement some time ago that by October we would be able to give indications," said Schumacher, who is celebrating his 300th grand prix in Belgium this weekend.

When asked how many races he expected to reach in his career, Schumacher was non-committal.

"How many it will be in the end we have to find out," he said. "I don't know yet, but certainly it will be until the end of this season."

Although Schumacher's season has been derailed by poor reliability, he insists that he has total faith in his Mercedes team.

"You have those moments where things do run against you, and I have mentioned that at any time that I have full trust in the guys. They all do their utmost, they don't want to retire, but unfortunately things like this do happen.

"I don't mind too much about this, I was aware earlier in the season that we would not fight for the championship, so it was not a big deal if we were not in the championship. If I was in the championship it would bother me much more.

"I look forward to the rest of the season. We have a lot to go through, a lot to improve on, and push on to go forward to make our process more a reasonable step."

shares
comments
Pastor Maldonado keen to keep Williams seat for 2013 Formula 1 season

Previous article

Pastor Maldonado keen to keep Williams seat for 2013 Formula 1 season

Next article

Jenson Button won't help Lewis Hamilton's title bid until his own championship hopes are over

Jenson Button won't help Lewis Hamilton's title bid until his own championship hopes are over
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Author Jonathan Noble
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021
How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher Plus

How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
Why sustainability is being mandated by F1 Plus

Why sustainability is being mandated by F1

Continuing to be socially acceptable as public views shift globally is vitally important to the future of motor racing, says PAT SYMONDS - especially in Formula 1, the championship that represents the technological peak

Formula 1
May 8, 2021