Ralf Schumacher Linked with Toro Rosso Seat
The German allegedly received an offer from one of the newly-entrants, which may very well be the reason why he turned down such a challenge. However, should he be handed a new offer from outfits like Renault, Sauber F1 or Scuderia Toro Rosso, the brother of 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher might reconsider his plans for 2010.
His current thoughts go to a 3rd consecutive campaign in the DTM, alongside Mercedes. However, according to several reports in Germany, his good relationship with Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost might result in an F1 programme for 2010. The 53-year old Austrian used to work with Schumacher from his early F1 days with Jordan, while also collaborating at BMW Williams.
In addition to that, Schumacher failed to deny the comeback allegations this week, hinting that he is in fact talking to several teams for a potential 2010 race seat. However, he made it very clear that no names will make the headlines until something definite will be signed.
“Franz Tost and I are very good friends. But it should be understood that I am not going to name any teams. It is all speculation,” Schumacher was quoted as saying to German news agency SID.
Toro Rosso is yet to announce the name of their 2nd driver for the 2010 season of Formula One, following the confirmation of Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi. Although Spanish teenager Jaime Alguersuari was expected to make the team's roster next season, sponsorship problems might jeopardize his seat after all. Until Tost won't make the announcement, all options are still in the air.