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Schumi would welcome Raikkonen at Ferrari

August 26, 2005 19:05 IST

World champion Michael Schumacher said on Friday he could not imagine driving for any other team than Ferrari and he would welcome Kimi Raikkonen as a team mate.

"I wouldn't have any problem driving with Kimi in a team with Ferrari in 2007," he was quoted as saying by Bild newspaper.

Ferrari and McLaren on Thursday denied a German press report that Finland's Raikkonen would drive for Ferrari in 2007. Schumacher's contract at Ferrari expires after the 2006 season.

"I'm happy in this team," said Schumacher, 36, who has won seven world titles. "I don't want to back out now at a point where we're not doing so well. I can't imagine driving for another team.

"I haven't yet signed for anything for beyond 2006. But I'll do it as soon as the right moment for me comes. The decision will be made in due time.

"I don't have any idea when I'll retire," he said. "But I don't think that I've got a lot of years ahead of me."

Bild reported on Thursday that Raikkonen, who won last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix for McLaren, had signed an advance contract with Ferrari. Raikkonen has won five races this season and said he had no intention of leaving McLaren.

Schumacher will be joined at Ferrari by Brazilian Felipe Massa next season after Rubens Barrichello departs to BAR. Ferrari have suffered a disappointing season in 2005.


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