' The nice thing is that Mercedes believes in me and gives me the opportunity to be successful together for three years. But it doesn't have to end after three years, 'said Michael Schumacher in an interview with Bild-Zeitung (January 27th).
Schumacher in Formula 1 fever
He 'really thought everything through very carefully,' said the 41-year-old, who will accelerate in the new Silver Arrow for the first time on Monday (February 2nd) in Valencia. 'Am I just spontaneously high on this idea or does my enthusiasm last for a long time?' Schumacher's answer to the self-asked question: 'I've been very hot for a long time now. I can well imagine doing this here for a few years ...'
Schumacher, seven-time world champion and 91st -time Grand Prix winner, however, categorically ruled out that he could be left behind on the racetrack. 'I will not follow behind!', Emphasized the Kerpener, who contested his 249th and to date last Formula 1 race in Brazil on October 22, 2006.
Proof of confidence from Mercedes GP
number 250 will follow on March 14th in Bahrain. 'To become world champion in the first year may be a bit optimistic, but it has to be our goal and drive,' said Schumacher. Even with the confirmation of the contract by Mercedes GP One day before Christmas Eve last year, the ambitious perfectionist made it clear that it should be about victories and titles for him.
The fact that Schumacher signed with Mercedes for three years was not his wish at first been, explained Schumacher further. 'This idea came from the team, and I see it as a vote of confidence,' said the former Ferrari star, who had been approached by team boss Ross Brawn two years ago about his comeback. Together with Nico Rosberg from Wiesbaden, 'Schumi' now forms the German driver duo for the Swabian factory team.