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Author Topic: Fellow Countryman Says Ralph is Overpaid  (Read 658 times)

Offline Wizzo

Fellow Countryman Says Ralph is Overpaid
« on: September 05, 2007, 09:21:03 AM »

A former grand prix driver and countryman of Ralf Schumacher has tipped the German veteran to exit Formula One at the end of the 2007 season.

Michael Bartels, who failed to qualify for four races with Lotus in 1991, told the German newspaper 'TZ' that the 32-year-old has not performed well enough at Toyota this year to earn another contract anywhere near the front of the 2008 grid.

"If you think about how many young drivers are waiting on the sidelines, it will be very difficult for Ralf," said Bartels, who currently races a Maserati in the FIA GT championship.

And he added: "In light of his current achievements, Ralf is absolutely over-paid."

Another of Ralf's countrymen, former grand prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen, urged Schumacher to explore reports this week that his former DTM employer Audi might be prepared to accommodate him next year.

Referring to rumours that Audi is prepared to spend more than $3m to entice Ralf to the German touring car series next year, 40-year-old Frentzen told Sport Bild: "He would be worth even more than that.

"He would bring along so much current know-how from Formula One and would pay back the team's sponsors three-fold."



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Offline cosworth151

Re: Fellow Countryman Says Ralph is Overpaid
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2007, 03:56:46 PM »
If he does go back to Audi, I wonder if they would put him in the DTM or give him a seat in a R10 TDI sports prototype. That would seem to be a better use of his skills. He could also be useful if VW/Audi ever does make the move to F1.
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Offline Chameleon

Re: Fellow Countryman Says Ralph is Overpaid
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007, 05:18:41 PM »
Audi’s Motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich says they don't want him.  Sorry, Ralf.

http://formula1sport.net/formula-1/audi-boss-rubbishes-ralf-rumours/
Never mind me - read http://f1insight.madtv.me.uk/ :D

 


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