Schumacher must trigger 2012 contract option

By on Monday, June 27, 2011

Jun.27 (GMM) Michael Schumacher can decide if he stays at Mercedes or hangs up his formula one comeback at the end of this season.

After a disappointing season and a half since returning to F1 with Mercedes looked to have turned a corner in Canada, the famous 42-year-old German had yet another bad race on the streets of Valencia.

He admitted he was to blame for colliding with Renault's Vitaly Petrov and finishing seventeenth.

"Not a very satisfying race for me," said Schumacher.

Earlier at the Spanish port venue, it emerged that Schumacher's three-year contract was in fact a two year deal including a one-side option for 2012.

The Cologne tabloid Express reports that it is therefore still possible that Nico Rosberg will be partnered next year by the heavily Mercedes-supported Force India rookie Paul di Resta.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was asked before the European grand prix on whose side - team or driver - Schumacher's 2012 option can be triggered.

"Michael's," the Briton answered.

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