Schu may take management role in future

(GMM) Michael Schumacher could move from the cockpit at the end of 2006 to a management role at Ferrari.

With speculation about the seven time world champion's expiring contract at melting-point, an official admitted that Schumacher's rumored 'retirement' announcement at Monza may not be the end to his association with the Maranello based marque.

Director for communication and brand management, Antonio Ghini, is quoted as saying by Sport-Informations-Dienst that 37-year-old Schumacher is invited to remain in the 'Ferrari family' beyond his driving career.

Former triple world champion Niki Lauda, meanwhile, predicted that Schumacher's likely exit might simply be a 'sabbatical'. The Austrian great once retired, returned, and won another world title.

''Maybe that is what he is thinking he might do,'' Lauda told 'Frankfurter Rundschau' publication.

''With his condition and with his experience, he is not too old.

''Personally, I think he should go. I would.''

Distraught fans of the great German have launched a petition website in recent days, aptly named 'www.michael-please-stay-in-f1.com'.

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