Schumacher turned down other offers
4 October 2012 – Michael Schumacher elected not to remain in Formula 1 with a team other than Mercedes, the seven-time World Champion has revealed. Having announced his second retirement from the sport at Suzuka on Thursday, the German had been linked with names such as Sauber.
Both Sauber and Toro Rosso had been possible future stables for Schumacher, according to members of the press, but he has decided to call time on his career.
“I did have other options to stay but I didn’t really feel like it, quite honestly,” Schumacher admitted.
“What comes next is very clear. We have six races to go: that’s what comes next. Whatever comes after that, we will see, but there’s no point or need to come to a decision right now and I’ll do exactly as I did it the first time.
“I’m now aiming to finish and focus 100 percent on what we are doing here and then I will think about what we’ll do after that.”
Schumacher went on to thank his fans, team and family - particularly wife Corinna.
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