Mercedes refutes Schumacher retirement talk
His lackluster performance has left pundits wondering whether Michael's return was ill-conceived. There's even speculation that even though his contract with Mercedes extends through 2012, Schumacher could bow out by the end of this season.
The top brass at Mercedes, however, have been quick to defend their star driver, blaming themselves before blaming Schumi. Motorsport chief Norbert Haug says Michael is "highly motivated [towards] the long term", with team CEO Nick Fry warning not to "underestimate" Schumacher's potential for a comeback. With sixteen races left to go this season, there's plenty of time to see who'll turn out right.
[Sources: Top Gear, ESPN F1]
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