We here at openpaddock.net have been trying our best to keep up with the Michael Schumacher to Mercedes circus and an interesting development has been posted at motorsport.com that may make things a little easier for the now German outfit.
In September it was though that Michael Schumacher had signed a contract extending his stay at Ferrari as a consultant/test driver. According to some suspect media statements by Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni, the German may have actually not signed the agreement. Colajanni indicated he was not aware of a physical contract being signed, but then questioned if a man’s word was not enough to have the binding agreement. We know in the Formula 1 world that a verbal agreement means nothing as seen by the diffuser row, but if this was in fact a verbal agreement, than Michael would technically be free to sign with Mercedes at will. This teamed with the German’s obvious desire to get back into a race car would make for an interesting situation in Maranello.
A man’s word is a man’s word in a family, but think back to the times that Ferrari has tossed Michael into the fire. Luca’s forcing him out of his seat for Kimi and Felipe, and then blaming him for the misfortunes seen early in the 2009 campaign. One must ask themselves how many more times the legend can be thrown under the bus before enough is enough. All is not 100% with a Schumacher signing as Mercedes has also been looking at Polish ace Robert Kubica who may be with out a ride next season if Renault decides to jump ship. The plot thickens and we will do our best here at openpaddock.net to keep up with developments as they are released. Off season…we don’t need a darn off season!