‘Schu could move to management’

Date published: September 14 2012

Ross Brawn has refused to rule out Michael Schumacher taking a management role at Mercedes when his driving days are over…

Ross Brawn has refused to rule out Michael Schumacher taking a management role at Mercedes when his driving days are over.

The seven-time World Champion has yet to reveal his future with rumours in the Monza paddock claiming the end of his F1 career is fast approaching.

Neither the German nor his team, though, have given any indication of what the future holds although Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn hasn’t ruled out a move into management for Schumacher.

“It is possible,” said the Englishman.

“There will be a day he does stop. We are not discussing that in detail because that is not a consideration at the moment.

“But Michael’s experience of motor racing, his judgment and so on, would be an asset to any team.

“I am not sure he wants a day-to-day commitment that some of us do, but he would like to stay involved, he loves the sport, he loves racing, he loves developing the cars, how the team works.

“So I can full well see in the future that he would retain a strong interest. That will come one day, and I do hope it will be with us.”

As for his own future, 57-year-old Brawn says he’s not yet ready to walk away from F1 himself.

“I am not planning to retire at the moment,” he said.

“I am very excited about this 2014 engine programme. I think it is quite a game-changer in F1.

“I still have a strong engineering passion, so having such a different engine and different package in 2014 is exciting and developing the team is exciting.

“For how long, who knows? But I have no interest in stopping in the near future.”