Salo may race away from F1

Retiring Formula 1 driver Mika Salo has admitted that he could race outside of the premier category in the future - but only if he finds a new project for next year

Salo may race away from F1

The Finn will make his final grand prix appearance in Japan this weekend following Toyota's decision to drop him for 2003. At the moment, he has made no plans for the future.

"I'm just going to finish this last race and then have a nice holiday," said Salo, who is sporting a blue hairdo at Suzuka. "Some time in November I'll see what offers are on the table and if there is something interesting I'll take it. I still love driving but I want a little bit less stress and I want to stay at home a bit more."

He did not specify what sort of motorsport would interest him, but Salo would likely be attractive to sportscar manufacturers or those in the DTM, the German tin-top series that Jean Alesi now races in for Mercedes.

"I had 20 days at home this year and it was too much travelling for me so I will see what I have then decide whether to continue," said Salo. "But if I want to drive for many years more I have to drive something next year. If I don't drive next year I'll never drive again."

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