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    Ralf Schumacher to sign for Renault says manager

    Ralf Schumacher to sign for Renault says manager
    Mon 08 Mar, 8:52 PM

    HAMBURG, Germany (AFP) - Ralf Schumacher is to leave the Williams-BMW Formula One team and sign for Renault for next season, according to his manager.

    Willi Weber told Tuesday's edition of Bild newspaper that he and the younger brother of six-time world champion Michael had agreed all the details with Renault supremo Flavio Briatore.

    "We have agreed every point of the contract with Briatore," said Weber.

    "The signing of the contract is a mere formality."

    Ralf, 28, has been unhappy at Williams for a while and even with the impending departure of Colombian team-mate Juan-Pablo Montoya at the end of the season for McLaren - and the expiry of his own contract - he is keen to leave.

    Schumacher, winner of six races in 116 Grand Prix', had launched a broadside at the team's boss Frank Williams at the end of February over his ongoing contract negotiations.

    "Even if me and my manager Willi Weber would find it hard to leave behind our friends at BMW, there's a chance it could happen. It would be sad but I can't allow myself to be treated like that by Williams," said Schumacher who finished fourth in the season opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

    "I'm not frustrated.

    "But I find it hard to understand certain things that have happened these past few months."

    Schumacher claimed that Williams accused him of only being interested in money.

    "Frank Williams says I'm nothing but a money-grabber. I can only laugh at that. He knows that I would accept to cut my current salary in half," added Schumacher, who finished fourth in the drivers championship last season.


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    I guess this is what Ralf thinks of Franks offer..


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    two lame duck drivers this year, next year . . . .

    Mark Webber and Jeff Gordon (recently offered a 4-day test with Williams)? That certainly would shake up the status quo at bit!

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    Webber and I will get the drive next year...nice


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    I don't get Ralf's salary comment when he's asking


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    Let him go

    I highly doubt that Ralph reason for leaving is his salary. I think his reason is because of Montoya and Frank way of challenging within the team. Lets face the truth a driver allready has a hard time enough trying to beat 18 other drivers out there but when his teammate is against him in any possible way it only creates disorder within the team, Ferrari understood that and one of the many reason why they are so dominant. Create a good atmosphere within the team and anything is possible. BMW must be very upset at what is happening right now.
    Lets examine what Williams needs. A german driver and a good driver. Nick Heidfeld may end up at William next year and as much as I hate to see it happening Mark Gene will most likely be the second driver. Who would I want to see drive those cars? Jeff Gordon and Sebastian Bourdie. Jeff Gordon is a huge unlikely thing to happen, not because of his experience but because he is a super star in the US why would he jeopardize everything he has to end up like Zanardi. Driving an F1 car and racing an F1 car are two different things and it would take a huge commitment and dedication from him to do that. If his dream and ambition push him enough to really want to drive a season in F1, then he could make it, and trust me I would love to see him racing in the top 8 every weekend, maybe even lap montoya with a slow mclaren. Sebastian because he has proven to be a good driver and I think he deserves a good seat in F1. Also I forgot one thing Jeff Gordon would make Williams so much money in merchadise alone it's not even funny. Hope things go for the better, I would have kicked both of my drivers out as soon as I knew they betrayed me but I am sure Frank knows alot more than I do about how to run a F1 business.

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    ewww. Heidfeld and Bourdais...

    LOL, Webber and some young gun prospect is more like it. Bourdais and Heidfeld especially don't impress in the least and I highly doubt they will end up at Williams.

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    Re: Let him go

    I agree with you to let him go. However, do you agree also that the way Frank handles his drivers has caused some of the instability within the team? The issues with salaries, team orders, not forcing drivers to manage their emotions more effectively, and allowing public disagreements within the team. Frank's way of relating to drivers leaves some questions to be asked. World Camps Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell have some interesting insight about how difficult it was for them to work with Frank. JV left for BAR for a lot of money but I've read (some years ago when he thought he would not ever consider coming back to Williams for a drive) where he said getting on with Frank was not easy.

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    It could cost the championship this year esp. if


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    Why would Jag let their only good driver go?

    I don't doubt Webber is an excellent if not great choice, but why would Jaguar let him go when they have a contract with him next year. They need a german driver and I don't see any new german driver making the cut. If Williams does what it did 4 years ago and get a new gun in it will probably be Piquet since he did impress in the british formula I watched on Speed a couple of times. Heidfeld is a good driver very similar to Ralph. Which German driver would you pick?

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    I admire Frank and respect his decision to fire

    World Champions or at least not cave into their demands for higher pay. His cars, and all the engineering skill behind them did the lion's share of the winning. Villeneuve and Hill would have been nowhere anywhere else. Mansell had balls but was a whinger.

    Frank has had serious setbacks in his time. Honda pulling the rug out from under him for one and of course his paralysing crash. He runs the team as he sees fit and fair play to him for doing so. Once he is rid of these two immature crybabies, he'll be back to business as usual.

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    Webber might have an out clause if Jag doesn't

    give him a good car this year.
    However, Flavio has an option to bring him to Renault.

    Silly season never ends...

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    Ralf don't let the door hit you in the a$$

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