Toyota drop Ralf Schumacher

Ralf Schumacher, Silverstone, 2007, testingRalf Schumacher’s prospects of racing in F1 in 2008 look slim as Toyota have announced he will not race for them next year.

The announcement comes one day after Timo Glock, who has been linked his fellow German’s Toyota drive, won the GP2 championship. The past two GP2 champions, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, both went straight into F1. Glock is contracted to BMW, but they have already confirmed Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica for 2008.

Schumacher may hope to find driving opportunities at Williams (who he raced for from 1999-2004, and who may be keen to drop Alexander Wurz), Spyker, Super Aguri or Prodrive.

Renault boss Flavio Briatore has confirmed he is trying to get Fernando Alonso to return to Renault, presumably to replace Giancarlo Fisichella, which would leave a gap at McLaren.

But would the team who look set to scoop the drivers’ championship this year want to sign a driver who’s had a notably poor 2007 campaign?

More likely, Schumacher faces a choice between driving for a non-manufacturer team, or following his illustrious brother into retirement 12 months after Michael quit.

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