Michael Schumacher will not attend any more grands prix as a Ferrari ‘advisor’ this year.
The retired seven time world champion admitted two weeks ago at the Nurburgring that, despite several visits to races in 2007, he still had not found a more specified trackside role to play for the Italian team.
He said: “Already I notice that I am a little bit out of date, and the only alternative is to always be around — and I absolutely do not want to do that.”
It was also pointed out recently that, despite winning three times this year, Kimi Raikkonen only seems to climb to the top step of the podium when his predecessor Schumacher stays at home.
Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm confirmed that the 38-year-old is not and will not be in Hungary this weekend, adding that he “does not intend momentarily to attend any races” after that.
He is, however, scheduled to help launch a new Ferrari road car in Frankfurt next month, but “his priority is to spend time with his family”, Kehm said.