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Season 2008 - Schumacher rejected Ferrari top job

Season 2008 - Schumacher rejected Ferrari top job
Eurosport - Fri, 04 Jan 17:22:00 2008
Michael Schumacher turned down the chance to become the boss of Ferrari's Formula One team after his retirement - according to the man he would have succeeded, Jean Todt.

The 38-year-old German was offered the role by Todt following his retirement from racing at the end of the 2006 season.

But he rejected the offer and instead became a special advisor to the team, while Stefano Domenicali replaced Todt - who now has a far wider-reaching role within the Ferrari organisation - as Sporting Director of the F1 squad.

When asked by German magazine Auto Motor und Sport about their choice for Todt's replacement, he said: "Michael Schumacher was the best candidate of all, but he has not accepted."

Schumacher, who won five of his record seven world titles with the Italian team, made a return to the cockpit of a racing car in winter testing in November and competed at the Race of Champions at Wembley too - guiding Germany to the Nations' Cup prize.

He has, however, ruled out a full-time return to racing in the future, even though he seems set to continue testing for Ferrari in a bid to increase their knowledge of cars without electronic aids in preparation for rule changes this season.

Ferrari guided Kimi Raikkonen to last year's drivers' world title as well as winning the constructors' award.

Jamie O'Leary / Eurosport
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