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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 January, 2004, 10:38 GMT
Schumi keeps options open
Michael Schumacher at the Ferrari winter retreat in the Dolomites
Schumacher won a record sixth F1 drivers' title last year
Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher says he might not retire when his contract with Ferrari comes to an end in 2006.

The German's manager, Willi Weber, said last October that it was "pretty certain" that Schumacher would quit when his current deal expires.

But Schumacher said on Thursday that he could be ready to carry on longer.

"I have never excluded continuing after 2006. There is no reason to close doors for the future," said the 35-year-old.

"When we extended the contract to 2006, the president (Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo) told me: 'Stay as long as you like, as long as you are motivated and quick'.

"If I feel then as I do now then it is an open future."

Speaking at Ferrari's winter retreat in the Dolomites, Schumacher added: "There is no lack of motivation.

"I still enjoy it, we have a great team morale, and a great atmosphere within the team. I love what I am doing, I love the sport, love preparing for races.

"There is no question about not being motivated and it is important that everyone around has the same motivation and from what I have seen over the winter I am not concerned at all."

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