Mercedes boss tempers Schumacher contract expectations
31 July, 2012
With the seven time world champion’s three-year ‘comeback’ contract set to expire this year, it might be said that the big gap between Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix and F1′s next outing at the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in early September is an ideal opportunity for his crucial talks with Mercedes.
News of a new deal would also be timely, given Schumacher’s special connection with the Belgian grand prix, and the fact the 2012 event coincides with the triple-century milestone in the 43-year-old’s epic grand prix career.
But Haug, carmaker Mercedes’ motor racing chief, insisted that the sport’s fans and the media should not be expecting that news at Spa.
“I doubt [that] there will be an announcement at Spa. This is going to take a little bit longer,” he is quoted by the SID news agency.
Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps in 1991, winning his first of 91 career victories at the same Belgian circuit a year later.
He won five other Belgian grands prix (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002), which is an outright record.
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