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Ralf Schumacher Approached By Stefan GP As They Get Closer To Grid

Ralf Schumacher has confirmed to DPA that he has been approached by Stefan GP to drive for the team originating in Serbia.

Stefan GP’s story is an exciting one, despite having no official grid slot they have sent equipment to Bahrain for the first race and have confirmed they will launch their car at the end of the month and test it at Portimao.  Rumours are hotting up that Campos and possibly USF1 will not make the grid for the new season, and Bernie Ecclestone has thrown support behind Stefan GP getting a grid slot.  Campos have been reported to be in massive financial trouble, and a potential take-over from Tony Teixera is unwanted by many in the paddock.

Funded and masterminded by Zoran Stefanovic, a long term motorsport fan and having a car designed by Toyota, and their engines it could be a perfect partnership for form especially with former Toyota man Schumacher.

Having spent a couple of seasons in DTM, unsuccessful ones at that, one can imagine Schumacher’s wage demands will not be huge and that he will see this as an opportunity to get back on track with top level racing.

“For me, the complete package such as team structure, chances of success and competitive material have to be in place,” said Schumacher

“As I said in the last two years, I would consider a return to Formula One if there was an offer that involved a competitive car,”

Bernie Ecclestone has thrown his support behind Stefan, dismissing Campos and USF1.

“I do not believe in the participation of USF1 and Campos,” the 79-year-old Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive told German magazine Sport Bild.

“Instead, I have good contacts with Stefan GP and would like to give this team a good starting point. Ralf Schumacher would be the perfect driver for them; he knows the team and he has experience.”

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