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Schumacher extends Ferrari contract 11 Sep 2009

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 21 August 2009

Michael Schumacher has agreed to extend his contract as a consultant with Ferrari for a further three years. After retiring from Formula One racing in 2006, Schumacher has undertaken the advisory role at the Italian team, with whom he won five of his seven drivers’ titles.

“Yesterday in Maranello, Chairman Montezemolo and I agreed on extending our collaboration for another three years,” explained the German on his official website. “I’m very happy about it, because I always loved being part of the family Ferrari, a name that stands for passion, high quality and top-level sportiness.

“The agreement foresees that my contribution is more and more directed to the area of road cars. It was extremely nice for me to participate in the development of the Ferrari California, the 430 Scuderia and the new born 458 Italia, which will be officially presented next Tuesday at the IAA Frankfurt: I can’t wait to be part of the future projects in Maranello."

Following Felipe Massa’s accident during July's Hungarian Grand Prix, Schumacher had hoped to return to Formula One racing as a temporary substitute for the injured Brazilian, but a neck injury ruled him out. He is in Monza for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, to watch Giancarlo Fisichella make his Ferrari debut in Massa's car.