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Schumacher dismisses Rossi Ferrari link

The seven-time Formula One world champion says it is very unlikely that Italy's motorcycling world champion Valentino Rossi would be joining him in the Ferrari cockpit for the 2007 season.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 20:57 IST
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Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher says it is very unlikely that Italy's motorcycling world champion Valentino Rossi would be joining him in the Ferrari cockpit for the 2007 season.

"To be honest I would say that it is pretty unlikely," Schumacher said in an interview with Bild newspaper.

The 26-year-old Rossi, winner of the motorcycling world title for the past five seasons, has had private testing sessions with Ferrari for two years but spun out in wet conditions in his first public outing in the Italian car.

Rossi's contract with Yahama expires at the end of the 2006 season and that has led to speculation that he will switch over to Formula One with the Ferrari team in 2007.

At 37 Schumacher is nearing retirement but the German driver has not set an exact date and believes he is still capable of competing with his younger rivals.

"It has not reached the stage where I think 'hey I am not as good as these youngsters'," Schumacher said. "I want to be competing at the top and not just a run of the mill driver."

The Formula One season starts in Bahrain on March 12 with Spain's Fernando Alonso defending the title.