Michael Schumacher’s manager says the Ferrari driver is still yet to decide whether or not to retire from formula one at the end of the season.
Prior to the three-week August break, Willi Weber revealed that the pair would discuss the matter whilst on a holiday with their families in the Mediterranean, and that the 37-year-old was likely to make up his mind then.
But he is now quoted by ‘Sport-Informations-Dienst’ as reporting that Schumacher still has not decided what he will announce to the world publicly at the Italian grand prix next month.
”Perhaps he will make up his mind only at the last minute,” Weber said.
It has been speculated in the German media that Corinna Schumacher would play a leading role in the decision about her husband’s future, but Weber insisted that the verdict is Michael’s alone.
He said Schumacher hardly talked about the future whilst on holiday.
Weber continued: ”He only wanted to concentrate on the next race.”
But the seven time world champion’s long-time confidante and manager is still unabashedly advising Schumacher to call it quits at the end of 2006, especially if he lands title number eight.
”In my opinion it would be the right time to stop,” Weber repeated, ”even if this is clearly against my own interests.”
He admitted, though, that Michael has ‘made it clear’ that the advice would have no impact on his final decision.