Mercedes is not rushing to re-sign Michael Schumacher beyond 2012 because the seven time world champion has no mind to switch teams. That was the explanation of Norbert Haug on Friday, one day after the German marque extended Nico Rosberg’s contract for 2013 and beyond.
Schumacher’s existing deal similarly expires late next year.
But while Rosberg’s name was being whispered in connection with alternative teams for 2013 and beyond, it seems Schumacher and Mercedes only need to decide whether they are going to keep the seven time world champion’s new F1 career running.
Haug is quoted by the German broadcaster Sky as explaining that there is “no reason” to move early on Schumacher’s next deal.
“I do not expect that Michael will switch teams anymore,” said Mercedes’ motor racing vice-president in Abu Dhabi. “That’s why we are in no kind of a hurry.
“He is focusing now on the end of the season and then we will come into the new year. Then we’ll see,” added Haug.
He described Rosberg alongside Schumacher as a “perfectly complementary” driver lineup.