Wed, 11 January 2006, 12:13

Michael Schumacher to Toyota – that’s the latest only days after the Mutliple World Champion stated he was 99 % certain of finishing his career at Ferrari.

In an interview with German newspaper BILD Michael Schumacher’s manager, Willi Weber, spoke on the subject of the Seven Times World Champion’s chances of moving teams if the 06 Ferrari doesn’t perform to his expectations. He even went as far as saying that having both brothers in the same team is no longer a problem as he no longer manages Ralf.

Michael in the past has been linked with a move to McLaren Mercedes if he was ever going to make the jump out of Ferrari but with McLaren signing Current World Champion Fernando Alonso to 2007 he would have to look elsewhere.

Toyota, with a rumoured annual budget of over $500 million and its huge technical resources would be appealing to Michael and his financial demands, not to mention the chance to team up with his brother. In the end it will all come down to whether Michael is motivated to continue in F1 after this season. He has stated that he will make his decision in the summer. From yesterday’s track times at Jerez he seems to be lacking no pace, topping the times in a V8 powered interim Ferrari 2004 by 1.328 ahead of Zonta in a Toyota TF106 V8 and Alonso in a restricted V10 Renault R25.

Darryl Kerr
Daily F1 News

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