Schumacher hoping to 'savour' last farewell
20 November 2012 – Michael Schumacher hopes to make the most of his final send-off from Formula 1 as the circus returns to Brazil for this weekend’s 2012 season finale. The seven-time World Champion’s first retirement also came at Interlagos, but on that occasion the German was still fighting Fernando Alonso for the world title at the end of 2006.
“Interlagos is the right place to round off my career because so much of the fascination of Formula 1 is rooted there,” says Schumacher, whose only podium finish over three seasons with Mercedes has been at this season’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.
“I always enjoy the enthusiasm of the fans and it's simply a great circuit which has seen many memorable events and always produces spectacular races. For me, it's also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton (Senna).
“My departure from Formula 1 will probably be less emotional for me this time than in 2006, when we were still fighting for the championship and everything was much more intense. This time round, I will be able to pay more attention to my farewell and hopefully savour it too. I have had fantastic years in Formula 1 and a lot of support from fans around the world and I wish to particularly thank them for that.
“Of course, I would be happiest if I could say goodbye with a strong race and I am sure we will be doing everything we can to make it happen.”
The silver arrows have suffered a torrid run of late, with neither Schumacher nor Nico Rosberg having picked up points for the last five Grands Prix.