British bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 25-1 that retired world champion Michael Schumacher will compete in at least one race in 2007.
But the 37-year-old German, and his long time manager Willi Weber, insist that speculation of an imminent return to the grand prix grid is wide of the mark.
“I can assure you that there is no more ‘formula one driver Michael Schumacher’,” Schumacher told ‘Express’.
Weber told a similar story, and repeated his denial that the Schumacher camp were considering a multi-million dollar bid by Audi to lure him to DTM.
Weber told Sport1: “I have nothing against the series, but a seven time world champion does not need to drive in DTM.”
Schumacher adds that, at least at the moment, he is not keen to reunite with a steering wheel of any kind, ‘except for my go-karts’, he smiled to ‘ARD’ (German association of public broadcasters).
He insisted: “What I want to do is take some time out until it becomes clear what I want to do in the future.”