Pirelli would welcome Michael Schumacher as test driver

Michael Schumacher has been told he can have a Formula 1 testing role at Pirelli next year if he wants it

Pirelli would welcome Michael Schumacher as test driver

In the wake of the seven-time champion's announcement that he will be retiring from F1 at the end of this season, Pirelli has said it would be open to using him for tyre development work in 2013.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, who is evaluating testing options for next year just in case Jaime Alguersuari lands a race drive, says that Schumacher's vast knowledge of tyres would be invaluable.

"I think he is the most experienced tyre tester in the history of F1," explained Hembery.

"If he gets bored of being in the mountains of Switzerland, I am sure we can find something for him to do - although we haven't quite got £20 million for him. So it would have to be a labour of love rather than for financial gain."

Although Schumacher famously criticised Pirelli's tyres earlier this year, Hembery has said his company has enjoyed a good working relationship with Schumacher - and could tie up with him in any future racing activities.

"He has done some Superbikes with us, and we do rallying and GT racing," he said. "We had Kimi [Raikkonen] on our tyres in rallying and Robert [Kubica] is doing some work in rallying with us, so maybe Michael wants to try something else.

"We are open. If Michael is interested, we are open to offers."

shares
comments
Japanese GP: Fernando Alonso unsure where Ferrari stands after Friday

Previous article

Japanese GP: Fernando Alonso unsure where Ferrari stands after Friday

Next article

Japanese GP: Marussia Friday quotes

Japanese GP: Marussia Friday quotes
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Author Jonathan Noble
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021