Mercedes has categorically ruled out suggestions a move into team management could be an elegant way for Michael Schumacher to return to racing retirement at the end of 2010.
Before the seven time world champion finished a credible sixth at Suzuka on Sunday, Mercedes’ competition chief Norbert Haug was asked if there was any truth to the latest rumours.
“There is more credibility in Norbert Haug becoming an F1 driver than in Michael Schumacher becoming sporting director of Mercedes,” Haug told BBC Sport.
Earlier in Japan, Haug dismissed rumours that 2011 could be Schumacher’s last at the wheel of a Mercedes because the German marque had issued an ultimatum.
“I have no complaints and no regrets that we’re going to achieve our target,” said the German.
“We are sticking together and, for me, Michael is as good as he ever was and probably even better,” added Haug.
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