Raikkonen to replace Schumacher?
So the word on the track is that Michael Schumacher could be about to wave a final goodbye to F1 and return to retirement. But a report published by grandprix.com today suggests that it may not be up to him if he does leave.
After investigations by journalist and President in charge of all Mercedes-Benz motorsport activity, Norbert Haug, it appears that the former Formula One and Finnish World Rally Championship driver, Kimi Raikkonen, may come back to replace Schumacher.
Haug said: "I have been in contact with Kimi as a friend... [he] will make a decision for himself but I do hope he comes back because it would be a good thing for F1."
When he left Formula One, Raikkonen did say that he had an open mind about returning as long as he could drive for a top line team. With Schumacher's departure on the cards, this could be the perfect time.
It would be surprising if Schumacher's performance wasn't raising concern at Mercedes. The seven times champion finished ninth at Silverstone after a far from perfect 'out' lap and lagged behind his team mate Nico Rosberg all weekend. Grandprix.com points out: "After 10 of the season's 19 races, Rosberg has scored 90 points and Schumacher, 36."
Schumacher admitted the drop in his impact: "After my pit stop I pushed hard to get in front of Barrichello but I made a mistake in a slow corner, went wide into the dust and that cost me places, not only to Rubens but also to Kobayashi."
Speaking about his future, he added: "I hope I can improve my game for Hockenheim. I haven't yet got in a result that I am looking for but I'm patient, I know how things can turn around and I'm still very much enjoying everything I am doing, so let's just take time and these things will come. I'm willing to try and up my game and I'm confident still."
Whether or not he is given the chance to up his game remains to be seen as Raikkonen is allegedly hot on his wheels as a successor.