Reports linking Michael Schumacher with Mercedes GP persist, but questions remain as to the substance behind the rumours.

Reports linking Michael Schumacher with Mercedes GP persist, but questions remain as to the substance behind the rumours.

Team chiefs Nick Fry and Norbert Haug intensified the speculation recently by failing to rule out the possibility of a deal with the retired seven time world champion, and 40-year-old Schumacher's manager Willi Weber has also been fanning the flames.

Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn, however, has twice played down the likelihood of a 2010 race seat for the German, and now sources report that no moves are afoot to clear the path for a contract.

The Times newspaper said Ferrari, with a new three-year consultancy contract with Schumacher, "have received no indication from him that he may consider racing for a rival team".

The newspaper added that Schumacher has similarly "not been in contact to discuss his future with (team boss) Stefano Domenicali".

"Sources made it clear that the Scuderia would not stand in Schumacher's way should he decide to drive for Mercedes. That prospect, however, is regarded as highly remote," said the Times.

It is rumoured that Mercedes and the Schumacher camp may have perpetuated the rumours due to their positive PR qualities.

 

 

 

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