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Schumacher not ruling out return

Former world champion Michael Schumacher is not ruling out a return to Formula One. "I'm only so many months out of this business and I'm quite happy with it. But with any future, who knows," Schumacher said on Friday.

india Updated: May 11, 2007 17:26 IST

Former world champion Michael Schumacher is not ruling out a return to Formula One.

"I'm only so many months out of this business and I'm quite happy with it. But with any future, who knows," Schumacher said Friday.

The seven-time world champion was in the Ferrari paddock at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time since retiring from racing at the end of the 2006 season.

For now, the 38-year-old German driver prefers watching the competition to competing with it.

"This season has been very exciting with the new drivers, new faces and a tighter competition. It's nice to watch it," Schumacher said.

Schumacher said his role with Ferrari was mainly "to observe from a distance" and not to distract the team. He stopped short of putting a number on how many European circuits he would visit with Ferrari.

"I wouldn't be here if that was the case. My priority is to help as I can and not to distract," Schumacher said. "I will be wherever I need to be."

Aside from praising the start of his former teammate Felipe Massa and new addition Kimi Raikonnen for their strong start to the campaign, F1's career victories leader did rule out any plans to return to Italian team - or any other - within the boardroom. "We're doing well _ we're in the championship, so I'm happy," he said.

The one thing he does miss is hanging out with the team. "Obviously, I wish I could see the guys more often," Schumacher said. "Those moments have always been very pleasurable and those are the things I do miss. But when I have time I can always come out and see them."

The bright sides of retirement are more time to pursue his passion for soccer, to work more closely on road cars and spending time with his family.

"We can plan holidays without any other agenda getting in my way," he said. "Every week you wake up in the morning and you have to make up your own schedule."