Ralf Schumacher’s manager, Willi Weber, says the German would take a pay cut and accept an incentive scheme to stay at the Grove-based team in 2005.

Ralf Schumacher’s manager, Willi Weber, says the German would take a pay cut and accept an incentive scheme to stay at the Grove-based team in 2005.


Weber recently claimed that Schumacher, having reached an impasse with Sir Frank Williams over the terms of the extension of his existing contract, was about to sign a deal with Renault. His claim was refuted the very next day, when Renault team boss Flavio Briatore denied that Ralf was on his team’s shopping list.


Has Weber (who is also the manager of Michael Schumacher) been instructed by Ralf to curb his politicking and re-open negotiations with Sir Frank? The German has revealed that should Ralf re-sign with Williams-BMW for 2005 and beyond, the driver would be on a performance-related contract, which would give extra cash for podiums and race wins.


" fact is that we lose some money from what we earn this year," Weber told news agency Reuters. "It's not lost, but the fixed payment will be reduced. The bonus point is that if Ralf is doing well, gets on the podium or wins races, then the money increases and will be the same as what we have now. It is not the case that we talk about money. It is sorted out."


It is understood that Weber has set a deadline of a week after the Bahrain Grand Prix for this deal to be agreed. He also changed his previous claims, insisting that he has not spoken to Renault or Toyota about the possibility of Schumacher joining them.


"I have not spoken with Toyota and Renault about Ralf because, again, we want to stay in the team," he said. "Williams are the main choice and we are discussing things with Frank Williams. We had a small meeting and I can say it was very good. I want to stay with the team, Ralf also, and I think that's the story."

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