Michael Schumacher insists there are no doubts about his presence on the Formula 1 grid in 2012, the German dismissing the latest round of rumors that he will have to make way at Mercedes Grand Prix.
The 42-year-old has endured a disappointing 2011 season so far, with his Mercedes car not proving competitive enough to fight for podiums or victories. That has kicked off speculation about the seven-time champion's future, despite his still being under contract for next year. However, in an interview published on the team's website, Schumacher again denied having plans to leave the sport before his contract expires.
“Despite some funny rumors and stupid, untruthful stories, I keep repeating myself that you will have to see me in 2012, whether you like it or don't like it,” Schumacher said. “I will be there. And the good thing is that I have a lot of support from all around – in particular from the company, in particular from the team, that they all wish me to be there, so I wish to be there, and I look forward to it.”
He added: “I'm still fit enough. I'm still mentally ready for it. And I like a challenge.”