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Schumacher announces retirement from Formula 1

by Rahul Basu Posted on October 5, 2012 21:01 IST 479 Views

During a recent press conference at the Suzuka circuit in Japan, Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from the Formula 1 circuits for the second and final time; the Seven-time world champion has no regrets about h
s comeback, but feels it is now time to say goodbye


Schumacher announces retirement from Formula 1




Seven-time Formula One world champion, 91 Grand Prix wins, 68 pole positions, a walking talking brand ambassador for the sport and a face that is as loved and respected by F1 fans the world over. Michael Schumacher may not have succeeded in pulling off what he and Team Principal, Ross Brawn had set out to achieve in Schumi's their three year long association with the Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas F1 Team, but news of the 43-year old German announcing his unconditional retirement from Formula One is one that marks a sad day not just for his team, but countless fans who even today switch on their televisions just to watch him race.


Following the Mercedes AMG Petronas Team’s decision to sign McLaren F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton for its 2013 season, it was only a matter of time before Schumacher made his next move, which much to the dismay of his fans who thought he would retrace his steps back to Ferrari in the end proved to be quite the contrary. Sauber F1 Team driver Sergio Perez will now race for Ferrari in 2013 replacing Felipe Massa, who is currently 10th in the driver standings for the ongoing 2012 season. 


Speaking in a recently held press conference at the Suzuka circuit, Schumacher said, “I have decided to retire from Formula One at the end of the season, although I am still able to compete with the best drivers of the world. This is something that makes me proud, and this is part of why I never regretted my comeback. I can be happy with my performance and the fact that I was continuously raising my game during the last three years. But then, at some point it is time to say goodbye.”




Schumacher announces retirement from Formula 1




Despite reviving his immensely rewarding partnership with Brawn for a comeback in 2010, the German champ over the past three seasons with the Mercedes Team has managed to secure just a single podium finish at Valencia earlier this year. Schumacher however, was very clear in stating that post his 2010 comeback, it was not his ambition to just drive around that kept him behind the wheel of the Silver Arrow but his will to fight for victories; and the pleasure of driving was simply nourished by this sense of competitiveness.


“I said at the end of 2009 that I want to be measured by my success, and this is why I had a lot of criticism in the past three years which partly was justified. It is without doubt that we did not achieve our goal to develop a world championship fighting car within those years. It is also without doubt that I cannot provide a long-term perspective to anyone. But then it is also clear that I can still be very happy about my overall achievements in Formula One,” he said.


On a parting note, Schumacher said that one must live his/her convictions and that by opening up his horizon over the past three years he is now at ease with myself, and is deeply grateful to Mercedes-Benz, the team, his friends, partners and companions for their trust and support all through these years. 


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