Michael Schumacher will retain a role at Ferrari beyond his retirement as a race driver at the end of the year, the Italian team said at Monza.
”I am happy to be still part of Ferrari,” the German veteran confirmed on Sunday.
A Ferrari statement explained that a ‘definition’ of the 37-year-old’s role will not be outlined until the end of the year.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said: ”His relationship with Maranello will continue, albeit in a different form and I am very happy about that.”
Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, meanwhile – who may also retire at the end of the season – fought back tears as he grappled with Schumacher’s decision to quit racing at the end of 2006.
”It’s hard to digest,” the Briton told German television ‘RTL’, ”but I am pleased that he is going to stop in such fantastic form.
”You have to applaud him for that.”