Williams-BMW driver Ralf Shumacher has dismissed reports that he was threatening to leave his team, saying on his website he was certain the problem would “work itself out.”

Williams BMW driver Ralf Shumacher has dismissed reports that he was threatening to leave his team, saying on his website said he was certain the problem would “work itself out.”

In a statement, Schumacher said that his statements to the media had been taken out of context.

"I didn't talk about breaking the contract, nor that my words should be taken as a threat to leave," he said. "My only intention was to counter press reports that implied that I was only interested in money."

"All of that has absolutely nothing to do with what we are working for at the moment," he added. "Everyone's focus is only on the start of the season and the first race in which we want to achieve maximum success.

"Everything else will just work itself out, I'm sure."

In an earlier interview, Schumacher said: "It would be sad but I can't allow myself to be treated like that by Williams.

“I'm not frustrated, but I find it hard to understand certain things that have happened these past few months," he said when claiming that team boss Sir Frank Williams had accused him of only being interested in money.

Ralf's contract with Williams expires at the end of this season. Reportedly he was demanding between R120 and R190 million a year to continue racing for the team.