Herbert to desert Formula One

Johnny Herbert has decided to leave Formula One at the end of this season and is looking for a move to the CART championship in the United States.

Johnny Herbert has decided to leave Formula One at the end of this season and is looking for a move to the CART championship in the United States.

"I decided that I will go to the American CART series next year," Herbert said. "Obviously I've got to sign a contract for a drive but that's what I want."

The British driver, whose place in the Jaguar team has been rumoured to be under pressure, said he had talked to several CART teams. "We will know what is going on probably within the next month," he said.

Michael Schumacher will stay with Ferrari next year according to his manager, Willi Weber.

"Every manager lives from good contracts and we have one with Ferrari which runs until 2002 and will be respected," Weber said, adding that he would then consider any offer for his driver, adding Schumacher, now 31, should carry on racing for another nine years.

"Michael regards 40 as the age limit for grand prix racing, not only as far as his own career is concerned," Weber said.

The German's manager said he was confident Schumacher, whose championship lead over McLaren's David Coulthard is six points before Sunday's German Grand Prix, would win his third world title this year.

"I don't see any crisis," Weber said. "I think Michael will set the record straight by winning at Hockenheim and then in Budapest. It gets tougher year after year and pressure keeps growing but this year we're in with a title chance and Michael will not let it slip away."

Schumacher's compatriot Heinz-Harald Frentzen said yesterday that he has extended his contract with Jordan until the end of the 2002 season.

The Arrows team owner Tom Walkinshaw said yesterday that he expected his team's performance to improve greatly after securing a deal to use Peugeot engines in the 2001 Formula One season.

Arrows have an exclusive two-year deal to be supplied with Peugeot engines by Asia Motor Technologies (AMT) - who have acquired the sporting arm of Peugeot - and will use AMT V10 power units, a modification of the current Peugeot V10 engines.

"We are obviously very happy with the new engine deal... which should enable us to improve the team greatly and, for the first time, we have the full factory support from an engine supplier," Walkinshaw said.

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