Retired F1 racer Michael Schumacher’s soccer coach has urged the seven time champion to lace up his football boots.
The rather aptly named Patrick Ferrari, coach of Schumacher’s local team FC Echichens, said a Schumacher with time on his hands could help to elevate the Swiss club from the bottom of the Swiss third division.
“I hope he now has some more time for us,” Ferrari told Switzerland’s ‘Blick’ newspaper.
Ferrari said Schumacher, 37, often had to leave training sessions and matches early in order to fly to the next race or test.
FC Echichens might also be hoping for more than Schumacher’s amateur goal-scoring talent. For several years, the former Ferrari racer has earned more than a staggering $200,000 per day.
FC Echichens’ annual budget for 2006 is $200,000.
Schumacher’s wife will also be happy with a safer pursuit for the father of two, after telling the ‘Sun’ newspaper of her relief at the end of 16 years in F1.
Corinna said at Interlagos last Sunday: “I’m just glad that we’re going home healthy and that after all those years we got away with just the one broken leg.”