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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19 comments on Toyota drop Ralf Schumacher

  1. roland said on 3rd October 2007, 10:12

    A nice way to get rid of someone without seeming rude is to make him a
    financial proposal way under the price he thinks he’s worth, and so his
    “pride” makes him leave himself! he performed like a monkey recently, remember during the japanese gp he radioed to his team “in the name of the
    GPDA” to stop the race, so it’s only normal he is offered peanuts !

  2. Dan M said on 3rd October 2007, 14:06

    So in other words The Shu avoided The Boot.

  3. scubaboy said on 19th November 2007, 12:20

    I think thats its to early for ralf to retire, compared to some other drivers who’s been racing as long as him he still has the edge, but on the other hand a lot of new and younger drivers are being introduced to F1, I think its going to be difficult for him for the future. But it would be really interesting to know which team he’s going to be with on 2008.

  4. Been looking around for websites for such information , regards

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