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Vettel hopes Schumi stays in F1

2012-10-04 09:06

BERLIN, Germany - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is backing fellow German Michael Schumacher to stay in Formula 1, even though the seven-times World titleholder will be out of his team at the end of 2012.

Schumacher returned to F1 in 2010 after a four-year hiatus but has only finished once on the podium in 2012; his Mercedes seat has been handed to Britain's Lewis Hamilton.

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Vettel, 25, said there should always be a place for the 43-year-old legend in the sport and he hopes Schumacher is offered a place by one of the other teams. He told German daily Bild: "He's the biggest name in F1. It's always fun to race against him and it would be great to see him again in 2013.

"I would be delighted but that's Michael's decision... he must consider things."

Since Mercedes announced it would not extend his contract, Schumacher has been considering his future and is clearly not short of options. Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "Of course it would be a great idea, and it is certainly worth a thought, to sign a seven-times World champion if he is on the market.

"But Michael has experience with several big teams who aren't comparable with us."

Nevertheless, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes Sauber's fast car would be a good fit for Schumacher: "Schumi would have already won three races this year with Sauber.”

AFP