Michael Schumacher's manager Willi Weber has labeled as "idiotic" the criticism aimed at the seven-time World Champion following the Malaysian Grand Prix.
German and Italia media report that Schumacher, who works as a consultant for the Ferrari team, was the man in charge of making the decision that ruined Kimi Raikkonen's race on Sunday, the Finn switching to extreme weather tires too early. Weber said Schumacher had nothing to do with it.
"The criticism aimed at Schumacher is totally idiotic," Weber was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. "His contract with Ferrari ends at the end of the year, but I don't know whether it will be renewed.
"The attack against Schumacher makes no sense. He knows everyone and was in Sepang just by chance. The decisions from the pit wall were taken by the team.
"It's possible that his contract won't be renewed, but there will be a meeting midway through the year, so we'll have to wait.
"Should his contract really not be renewed, then it would certainly not be because of the Malaysian GP. Michael may give some advice to the team, but he is not the team leader nor the team manager at Ferrari."
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali refused to speak about Schumacher's situation following the race on Sunday.
"This is something we will discuss internally, it is not something that we will discuss outside," he said.