Schumacher: I'm stopping for good
18 October 2012 – Michael Schumacher is insisting that his second retirement from Formula 1 will be his last, having almost completed three years with Mercedes after first walking away from the sport in 2006. Incidentally, he would understand Sebastian Vettel switching to Ferrari in the future.
Schumacher achieved five of his seven titles with Ferrari, dominating the sport between 2000 and 2004 and coming close to an eighth crowd in 2006. He announced his retirement at Suzuka this year, having been replaced at Mercedes by Lewis Hamilton.
“I’m stopping for good,” Schumacher told Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport. “If I look back in the mirror of life, I’m happy and smiling. I have had two very different careers – one in which I won everything and one in which I learned what it means to lose so, yes, I have learned how to lose. That has also made me more mature and patient, but maybe that’s to do with age.
“Generally, I can look back and be happy. I’m satisfied. There’s no regrets, just joy for what I achieved, and now I can’t wait for the rest of my life and plenty of new opportunities.”
Talking of the constant rumours which link current World Champion Sebastian Vettel with a future move to Ferrari, Schumacher admits that it could happen at some point.
“There’s loads of talk about it,” Schumacher continued. “As I experienced myself at certain points, sometimes you need a fresh challenge, and that is what he will be experiencing if he ends up taking that decision.”
Since returning to F1 with Mercedes in 2010, Schumacher’s best result has been his third place in Valencia this year. Just four races now remain in the 2012 campaign.