London: Mercedes boss Norbert Haug has said seven times world champion Michael Schumacher’s third place finish in the European Grand Prix doesn’t guarantee an extended Formula One career.
Schumacher’s third place in the European Grand Prix was his first podium result since his comeback began in 2010.
Haug said Schumacher was ‘genuinely pleased’ following a disappointing early season wrecked by reliability problems.
F1 pundits have lined up to predict Schumacher will stay with Mercedes when his contract expires at the end of the year because he is desperate to win again now the team finally has a truly competitive car, but Haug denied any such notion.
“No, not really. It is a separate story and we will talk later about it with him,’ Haug said.
“Michael is a great sportsman and this is even more demonstrated in his second career that he is really open, even to critical questions. He is a really balanced guy who everybody can look up to because he did not criticize us, did not make any public noises, and he was genuinely pleased in Valencia,” he added.
“He could have said, ‘I won 91 races, why should I be happy?’ But he was genuinely pleased and it was wrong to say it was inherited. With one lap to go he was fifth but I can tell you a lot of stories where he was fifth and things went against him. What we could see in Valencia was that the genuine speed was there,” he said.