Todt expects Schumacher to commit to Ferrari

Team-boss Jean Todt expects Michael Schumacher to commit his future to Ferrari when the German's contract with the team expires at the end of the 2002 season.

Schumacher, who is aiming to secure the first drivers' title for Ferrari since Jody Scheckter was crowned champion 21 years ago, has been rumoured to be contemplating retirement from Formula One.

The German, a world champion in 1994 and 1995, is contracted to Ferrari until 2002 but Todt is confident that Ferrari can persuade him to stay on at the end of his deal.

"Michael has been driving for Ferrari for the last five years and has won 22 Grand Prix races until now," said Todt. "That is an absolute record.

"He feels at home with Ferrari and it's a question of feelings, not results. This is one of the reasons Michael and Ferrari have the intention to continue working together for many more years after his contract expires in 2002."

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