RUMOUR: DTM - Ralf Schumacher to DTM???

With Ralf Schumacher's ailing F1 performances seemingly ending his F1 career, the German could be on his way to the DTM.

This could reignite old F1 rivalries with Heinz Harold Frentzen and Mika Hakkinen.

While Schumacher wants to remain in F1, it appears the doors have closed there - while opening in the DTM.

"DTM does need names such as those," Hans-Werner Aufrecht, who is chairman of the category's organising body ITR, told the German news agency Sport-Informations-Dienst (sid).

Aufrecht said that with Hakkinen already with Mercedes-Benz, Schumacher - whose Toyota contract runs out at the end of the year - should therefore link up with Audi.

He added: "I am convinced that, with a competitive car at his disposal, Ralf Schumacher could play an important role in the DTM.

"No doubt, he would be a good fit with us."

Motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich stopped short of confirming a link between Audi and Ralf, including rumours of a (US) $3.4m offer for 2008, but he admits that, "without a doubt, (Schumacher) is a popular German F1 driver.

"If he comes and fully supports the series, he can be an asset for DTM."

The FMSC View

Good for DTM - bad for Ralf, lets hope for some good racing by the German.