Ralf Schumacher in talks with Stefan GP
5 February 2010 – Ralf Schumacher has confirmed that he is engaged in discussions with Formula 1 hopefuls Stefan GP, the new team which still hopes for a slot on the 2010 grid. The German DTM driver, brother of the returning Michael Schumacher, left F1 following a disappointing season with Toyota in 2007.
Ralf Schumacher made his F1 debut with Jordan in 1997 to demonstrate flashes of brilliance mixed with inconsistency before switching to Williams for 1999. He achieved his first win for the Grove team at Imola in 2001 and had notched up five more race victories by the time he switched to Toyota for 2005.
With Serbian outfit Stefan having purchased several Toyota F1 components and enjoying a strong relationship with Bernie Ecclestone, the sport's commercial rights holder has already pushed for an entrance for the Belgrade-based team, which will only be able to make an appearance should another team fail to be on the grid.
"Mr. (Zoran) Stefanovic (founder of Stefan GP) makes a very serious and purposeful impression," 34-year-old Ralf, who has driven two DTM seasons for Mercedes, told Germany's Bild. "I have noticed that he is interested in me but I will say no more at the moment because there is nothing more to say. Whether this will become an actual option remains to be seen."
Stefan has already transported a 12-metre container filled with equipment to Bahrain's Sakhir circuit, venue of March's opening race; should it not compete this season, however, the squad has already said that it intends to test its Formula 1 car at some point during the year.
News from Thursday: Ecclestone pushing for Stefan/Ralf Schumacher entry