Michael Schumacher not keen on TV role

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Don’t expect to see seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher going into the world of television as a commentator any time soon.

Instead, it appears that the Formula One legend, who retired from the sport last season following a three-year run at Mercedes, has gained an interest in horse breeding from his wife, Corinna.

“Initially I was doing this for Corinna’s sake, but now it is more and more fun,” he told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “It’s like with most things; the more one is busy, it becomes more interesting…My wife fully supported me for many years, because it goes without saying that I’m doing the same for her.”

As for why he isn’t considering an analyst’s role, Schumacher cited trying to keep up with the constantly evolving world of F1 as well as the considerable traveling that such a job would entail.

“First of all, Formula One changes so quickly that even I am actually already a long way off,” he told Bild. “As a result, it would be groping in the dark and that’s not for me.

“Secondly, I would again be away from my family – I would be better off continuing to drive. That would be more fun.”

However, he did say that he expects the 2013 season — which could end with fellow German Sebastian Vettel joining him, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Alain Prost as the only drivers to win at least four F1 titles —  to be “really tight.”

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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