Talk about the mother of all silly season rumors! Could Michael Schumacher really jump ship and run for the new Mercedes GP? Although I think it would be one of the greatest things ever, I won’t believe a word of it until I see the signed contract.
Quote from the UK Eurosport article…
Spanish newspaper Diario AS claims that the new deal Schumacher inked with Ferrari back in September – due to run until the end of 2012 – will focus primarily on the Scuderia’s road car development, with the German relinquishing his advisory role on the F1 side.
That, allied to Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Haug’s enigmatic declaration that there could be some ‘surprises’ in the driver line-up of the newly-rebranded Mercedes Grand Prix outfit in 2010 – what was in 2009 Brawn GP [see separate story – click here] – has prompted some to wonder whether Schumacher could be the mystery driver to join ex-Williams F1 ace Nico Rosberg in an all-German, Silver Arrows ‘super team’ next year.
Securing a legend like Schumacher, even if he is in the twilight of his career, would give immediate credibility and championship threat potential to the newly rebadged Mercedes GP team. Brawn had an excellent year, and they finished the season strong, but with finances waning 2010 wasn’t shaping up to go as well. The recent purchase of the Brawn GP outfit by Mercedes provided a huge financial shot in the arm for the team, and securing a multiple WDC would immediately place the team in a position to be a front runner for both the Diver’s and Constructor’s Championships if not the outright favorites.