Lewis to give Schumacher boot at Mercedes as Rosberg reveals he's staying put
21:30 GMT, 19 September 2012
Lewis Hamilton could force Michael Schumacher into retirement for a second time if he leaves McLaren for Mercedes, as Nico Rosberg insists he is staying with the German team.
Sportsmail revealed McLaren's chances of hanging on to Hamilton are no better than 50-50 after he was stunned by their new deal, which equates to just two thirds of his current 15million-a-year package.
Debate: Speculation surrounding Hamilton's future is rife
On the move The McLaren man is considering an offer from Mercedes
Mercedes can match the Briton's prsent earnings, while bonuses could push their deal to 60m over three years.
And Rosberg is adamant Schumacher will make way if Hamilton takes up Mercedes' offer.
He dismissed speculation he could move to McLaren, or even replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari. saying: 'I'm with the Silver Arrows and looking forward to getting more wins next season. Not much will happen until Schumacher, Hamilton or Massa can say “I'm definitely here”. It would be right if he (Schumacher) stays. We get along and competition between us is good.'