Michael Schumacher appears to have rejected the new six-week deadline over his plans for 2013.
Earlier this week, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn indicated that the issue of Nico Rosberg’s teammate next year will be decided “this summer”. But it was then reported that, in fact, it is seven time world champion Schumacher who possesses a unilateral option to extend his three-year deal beyond the end of this season.
And at Silverstone on Thursday, he scoffed at the reports all will be known within six weeks.
“There can certainly be no decision from my side before October,” the 43-year-old is quoted by DPA news agency.
So is Brawn not backtracking?
“Our focus is on Michael,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “There is no deadline for when we need to make the decision, it just has to be the right decision.”
Brawn speculated that Schumacher will be weighing up his chances of success in 2013.
“A good driver always looks first to see if the technical basis is correct,” the Briton said. “The commercial side comes after that. Any sensible driver knows that he needs a good car to win.”
Rosberg, Schumacher’s teammate throughout the great German’s three-year comeback since 2010, repeated his desire to see the 43-year-old go on.
“Yes, that would be very good,” he is quoted by Die Welt newspaper.