Brawn: Schumacher Will Not Return to F1

Ross Brawn dismissed rumors that Michael Schumacher is thinking of returning for Formula One racing for the 2010 season. Having worked with the 7-time world champion both at Benetton and Ferrari, the British official made it very clear that the 40-year old German is not interested in joining the Scuderia for a full-time season inside the Great Circle.

Brawn said that all the latest news regarding Schu's potential comeback are simply media speculations and that the German ace was only interested in making the F1 cockpit as an emergency option for Ferrari. Following Felipe Massa accident in Budapest, the German was asked by the Ferrari bosses to replace the Brazilian driver for a half-season stint.

However, the German scrapped his F1 return off his schedule because of a previous neck injury he sustained during his motorcycle outings in the German Superbikes. Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo has reportedly tried to get FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) to accept a 3rd car per team rule in 2010, that would allow the Scuderia to field Schu next year.

There's nothing to it except a dream of the media. Michael would have come back temporarily for Ferrari, but he doesn't want to start a new career,” said Brawn when referring to his former employee, in an interview with Germany's Bild.

Mercedes' motorsport director Norbert Haug recently hinted that Mercedes will field a “surprise lineup” next year, which led many to believe that maybe Schu was in sight for the new Mercedes-backed team. However, while admitting that his client is constantly speaking to his former colleague and friend Ross Brawn, manager Willi Weber admitted he cannot guarantee what Schu will decide in the near future.

I still think it is unlikely, but you never know,” added Weber.
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