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Latest update : 2009-04-06

After two Grand Prix, Ferrari has not scored a single point. The German press are blaming seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher for a poorly calculated strategy in Malaysia. But his agent called the accusations 'idiotic'.

AFP Michael Schumacher's agent went on the attack here Monday in the face of criticism over the seven-time champion's role in Ferrari's dismal start to the new season.

Since retiring from Formula One Schumacher has acted as special advisor to his former team which has failed to take a single point from the first two races of the new campaign.

The 40-year-old German driving legend was taken to task by none other than former champion Niki Lauda for Ferrari's failings in Sunday's Malaysia Grand Prix when a major miscalculation left Felipe Massa qualifying in 16th place.

"He (Schumacher) should have realised what was happening, this setback is embarrassing," Lauda said in his capacity as F1 consultant for a German television channel.

"It astonishes me that with such an advisor such a shambles could occur," chipped in another former driver, Marc Surer.

In the rain-hit grand prix itself Ferrari's race strategy was called into question as Massa trailed in ninth with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in 14th.

But Schumacher's agent Willi Weber turned on the detractors, telling SID news agency: "These criticisms are idotic, but as everyone knows him (Schmuacher) it's easy to make him a target.

"It's not acceptable to only concentrate on him. These are team decisions."

Weber conceded that Schumacher may not renew his contract with the Italian team when it runs out at the end of this season.

"It's possible, but discussions will only take place after the first half of the season, we'll have to wait.

"And if the contract isn't renewed I'm certain that the Malaysia Grand Prix will have nothing to do with the decision."

Date created : 2009-04-06

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