Schumacher to End F1 Career in 2012
Even though the 7-time world champion did not have the season start of his dreams in 2011 – considering that Mercedes GP were expected to be the most improved team as compared to last year – Schu told German weekly Bunte that he's on a mission to take Mercedes GP back to the top of the podium and he will use the remaining time as a race driver for Merc to get that job done.
“That's why I'm fighting with Mercedes,” he told the aforementioned source, while admitting that “42 (years old) is not the same as 25”.
“I will fulfil my three year contract with Mercedes and afterwards work as a representative of the brand,” he added.
It is believed that while Nico Rosberg is regarded as the future of the team, with Ross Brawn admitting that he aims at turning the Monaco resident into a title contender, Schumacher is already being sought a replacement for after his last year of contract, in 2012.
According to several reports, Force India's Paul di Resta is regarded as holding pole position for the job, as the man who has been part of Mercedes' motor sport programme in the DTM for the past seasons impressed the audience at his debut for Vijay Mallya's team.
“I think it is exceptional and remarkable what Paul has done so far,” Haug was quoted as telling the media after the Chinese GP, where the Scot almost made it 3 point finishes in a row at F1 debut. “To be in his third race and take eighth on that grid - that is very good, and very, very impressive, especially considering he did not get a lot of running in second practice.”