Michael Schumacher's manager has revealed he advised the seven time world champion against coming out of retirement to replace the injured Felipe Massa at forthcoming grands prix.

Michael Schumacher's manager has revealed he advised the seven time world champion against coming out of retirement to replace the injured Felipe Massa at forthcoming grands prix.

"I advised him against it, saying the problem is the expectation of the people. If Schumacher is back in the car, then they want to see him winning," Willi Weber told Thursday's edition of Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.

40-year-old Schumacher insists he agreed to the temporary role out of loyalty to the Ferrari marque, with whom he achieved five of his seven drivers' titles and still works as an advisor.

"Ferrari asked him and he couldn't say no," Weber admitted.

"It is good for everyone: the media, the fans, formula one. Whether it is also good for us we will have to see."

Weber said his fears about the comeback are because Schumacher has not seriously trained since his retirement in 2006, and because he is ten races less experienced than his competitors with the new-generation 2009 cars.

Italy's Tuttosport, meanwhile, reports that Schumacher's decision to replace Massa coincides with news that Ferrari will extend his 5m euros per year role as team advisor.

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