Brawn urges Schu to take ‘time away’

Sat, 21 October 2006, 12:20

Ross Brawn has urged Michael Schumacher to take his time in defining a new role at the Ferrari team beyond his racing career.

Speculation is rife about a possible in-paddock advisory role for the German in 2007, his first season out of a cockpit since his childhood, but technical director Brawn insisted that no pressure was being put on him.

“I think Michael should take a little bit of time away from the business to reflect on what his ambitions are for the next part of his life,” the Briton said at Interlagos, scene of Schumacher’s last grand prix, “and how that can fit into Ferrari.”

Brawn, however, rejected suggestions that the 37-year-old could still test for the Maranello based team in 2007 and beyond, much like Olivier Panis after ‘retiring’ from being a race driver for Toyota.

Explaining that a technical or commercial role is more likely and practical, he insisted: “I don’t think there will be any (driving) role of that sort with Michael.”


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