Ralf denies 2008 Toyota deal now sealed

Fri, 7 September 2007, 06:49

Ralf Schumacher has scoffed at rumours in the Monza paddock that Toyota has now decided to keep him at the team for 2008.

The German veteran’s teammate Jarno Trulli, who is already under contract for next year, reportedly told an Italian reporter at Monza on Thursday that the deal had been done.

But Schumacher, 32, joked: “Obviously Jarno knows more than me!”

He also rejected reports last week that he is seriously contemplating a switch to DTM next year.

“At the moment I am concentrating only on formula one. Everything else will have to wait.”

Schumacher blamed the stalled F1 driver market on Fernando Alonso, who is believed to be trying to withdraw from his McLaren contract.

“It doesn’t help,” he told reporters, “because for some teams, it is worthwhile waiting for Fernando.”

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