• Sep 6th 2006 at 1:26PM
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Will he stay, or will he go? That's the question of the week in Formula 1, as Ferrari ace Michael Schumacher ponders returning in 2007 for one final year of competition in F1 - or not. Germany's Bild-Zeitung has predicted that the 37 year-old champion will announce his retirement in the post-race press conference at this weekend's race at Monza, if he finishes in the top three. Otherwise, he will make the announcement in the Ferrari press conference already scheduled for Sunday evening.

Schumacher's not talking - preferring to focus on his 2006 championship bid - but there are many others willing to make the call, including the always outspoken Flavio Briatore, who told Gazzetta dello Sport, "Michael will say goodbye at Monza. He is 37 now and not the same Michael as four or five years ago."

There is mounting evidence that Schumacher has lost the focus that made him a dominant force in past years, with miscues in Hungary and Turkey hurting his title chances this year, and of course, the infamous incident during Monaco qualifying.

Whether or not Schumacher announces his retirement this weekend, Ferrari are expected to confirm, at long last, its signing of Kimi Raikkonen for next year.

[Sources: GrandPrix.com, Crash.net]

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