Freshly-crowned Formula One champion Michael Schumacher could be remaining with Ferrari until 2006 according to his long-time manager Willi Weber. At present the German has a contract which will see him remain at the Italian stable until 2004, but Weber now says that Schumacher may want to continue racing even after that and could look to add a further two years to his contract with the reigning world champions.
Sunday's French Grand Prix saw Schumacher equal Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world titles, and the German has already said that would like to go for number six now, and sees no reason why that will not be possible. Schumacher and Weber's words are in sharp contrast to recent rumours that the Ferrari ace may retire at the end of the this season, but according to Weber there is no reason why he may even consider retiring in two years time.
Weber told German newpaper Bild am Sonntag: "Yes, it could be that we will extend the contract with Ferrari until 2006. I don't see any reason at this moment why Michael should retire in two years.”
With regards to Schumacher's fifth title Weber added: "Statistics do not really mean a lot to Michael. But catching Fangio means a lot to him. And next year he will try to fly past Fangio. That would be wonderful, he really deserves it.”