London: Formula One legend Niki Lauda does not believe that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will join Mercedes next year.
Rumours have suggested that Schuey was ready to make a shock return after Mercedes bought the Brawn team.
Mercedes are not only prepared to put him in the seat vacated by world champion Jenson Button`s move to McLaren, but are open to discussion on a variety of other roles whether in the cockpit, management or as a roving ambassador and advisor.
"I don`t believe there is one grain of truth in them," the three-time world champ Lauda said.
"I cannot believe that he would be up for a full season. Why did he stop racing in the first place?" he asked.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.