Schumi denies Bernie's claims

Sunday 02-September-2012 15:33

Michael Schumacher has denied that he's leaving F1 at the end of this season, saying he has still not made his decision.

Ahead of Sunday's Belgian GP, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone hinted that Schumacher was on his way out, telling Eddie Jordan that he's " sorry that he's leaving us not being a winner, because he is a winner."

This prompted EJ to ask whether Schumacher was set to announce his retirement only for Ecclestone to back-peddle with an "I don't know, I don't know."

And if you're wondering why Bernie doesn't know it could be because even Schumacher doesn't.

Asked about Ecclestone's comments, the Mercedes driver said: "I guess he said: 'If I would leave?', as I told him yesterday I had not made a decision about my future and there is nothing new."

Schumacher also spoke about his Sunday afternoon at Spa, which saw him finish in seventh place despite running as high as second in the early stages.

The Mercedes driver, though, was forced to come in for a late pit stop shortly after he was overtaken by Kimi Raikkonen through Eau Rouge as it became apparent his tyres would not last the distance.

"We tried to gamble and try our luck with our race strategy, it looked reasonable from the start as we did reasonable lap times in my first stint," he said.

"I needed to push my tyres against Daniel Ricciardo and that decided we had to come in again.

"I think it was a good decision to come in and fight again in the last laps but that came to an end when I lose sixth gear."

He added: "I enjoyed my 300th grand prix, it is beautiful to fight for the top end positions and it is sad when you cannot take it home."

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