Updated: 22/08/2012 13:32 | By pa.press.net

Brawn: No rush on Schumi decision



Michael Schumacher has endured a tough season, scoring just 29 points

Michael Schumacher has endured a tough season, scoring just 29 points

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is adamant neither he nor Michael Schumacher will be rushed on making a decision on the future of the seven-times Formula One world champion.

Approaching the end of a three-season contract with Mercedes, it is expected the 43-year-old will remain with the German manufacturing giant for one more campaign. That is despite enduring another difficult year beset with bad luck, as Schumacher has retired in six of the 11 races, amassing just 29 points.

Although they have time on their side at present to get a new deal done, given the sport is in the middle of a month-long summer break, Brawn maintains there is no hurry, saying: "This is a very important decision for all the people involved. We won't be rushed on the decision."

He added: "When the time is appropriate we will announce what we are going to do. I don't want to increase speculation by commenting on where we are."

Outlining what Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg bring to the Brackley-based team, Brawn added: "(They are) very professional, very committed, good attitude, speed.

"They work very well in the team, work well together as a pairing, which is not always easy with drivers. I believe both are more than capable of winning races if we provide the equipment. That is all that you can ask from a driver."

After Rosberg's victory in China and second place in Monaco, along with Schumacher's third place in Valencia - his first podium since stepping out of retirement - Mercedes went off the boil in the three races before the break.

Brawn, however, is adamant his team's season is far from over, even though they are fifth in the constructors' championship, 140 points behind leaders Red Bull and 83 adrift of fourth-placed Ferrari.

Speaking to formula1.com, Brawn said: "We haven't got the car quite as we wanted right now. But we have a very good team, very good people, so I am optimistic we are going to have a stronger second half to the season than the first half.

"I want to do better. P5 is not our ambition and we will do anything possible to end better. There are still a lot of races to come with many more points to be won."

28Comments
12/08/2012 11:41
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The car isn't a winner. That's why Rossberg can't do anything great with it either. Give both Schumi and Rossberg a decent car and the results will come!
11/08/2012 20:02
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Put him in a Red Bull and see what he does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is the car holding him back.
17/08/2012 12:33
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Of the five races from eleven Schumi has finished he has beaten Nico in four of them, past it yeah? Don't think so and Mercedes don't either!
13/08/2012 18:33
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Go back to where he belongs,ferrari.

19/08/2012 12:04
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swap him wiv mark webber+he'l get his 8th world championship.sorry ross but ur team doesnt quite make the grade.

22/08/2012 16:54
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Very few people make a successful return to a sport they have excelled at, once they have retired.

 

Schumacher would have been better coming back as an advisor than as a driver and his outstanding record would have remained intact.

11/08/2012 10:17
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somethings afoot (not talking 12") merc are waiting to see which way hamilton will go.
20/08/2012 23:22
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A great driver in his day ! but the man was a cheat !! Remember the stunt he pulled on Damon  Hill to win the championship ? Then the same trick he tried on Jacque Villeneuve !  Totally agree with Rugrat.r
14/08/2012 22:11
12/08/2012 09:32
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He has seen better days.Good driver but it is time to call it a day.Why not start his own team?He would not be short of backers and sponsers.
13/08/2012 20:54
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He is making a fool of himself and his legacy! He should know that his time is up.
14/08/2012 17:18
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i'm baffled how such a great driver can be so average in race conditions....yeah sure he's car is not at the top end of the grid, interm's of speed....but he is constantly being out preformed by his team mate Rosberg, which kinda say's it all... Where's all that raw race instinct, that made him 7 time's

world champion...theses younger guy's are making him look average, and some of his desperate

move's have been embarrassing....He should seriously consider calling it a day...  

15/08/2012 00:15
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I don't understand this pro Schumi bleeding heart s h i t e not so long ago he was public enemy No1 in the UK, but then again I suppose people dislike Alonso instead as he is the one who has more talent than the Brit at the moment and drives for Ferrari.

The difference is that Alonso is not a cheat and does not enter into dirty tricks to gain an advantage, his team might but he is the employee.

 

Enough with the "I Love Michael" c r a p, he needs to go before he does any more Dad driving.

 

C Ya MSC>>>>>>>>>

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Should have realised a second bite of the cherry is never as sweet as the first especially if taste buds have died.
15/08/2012 17:45
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What are the odds for Hamilton joining Mercedes?
08/08/2012 13:04
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its time he went.He had o point to make but it just did,nt happen.Good champions finish at the top.Tell me a man who marries his first wife again.Once the majic has gone its gone Schuey its gone.Sit back and enjoy your vast wealth mat.Good luck and thanks for all you have given motor sport
08/08/2012 19:42
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CHEATING GERMAN TOE RAG good riddance
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