Schumacher ‘truly enjoyed’ very dramatic race
25 November 2012 – Michael Schumacher was initially annoyed in Brazil on Sunday, having found himself at the back of the field after picking up a puncture. Later on, he took advantage of the Safety Car and the weather to rise to sixth position, which he gave up to Sebastian Vettel in a bid to avoid being involved in the championship fight.
“In a way, it reminded me of 2003 - when I had a tricky race and came through to win by one point,” the seven-time World Champion told reporters. “I had a puncture, which I wasn’t too impressed about, but it was a pretty big challenge today. I also had a puncture here back in 2006, so it reminded me of that, but I’m not used to giving up!
“It’s been a beautiful time, with lots of good moments - some of them tough. I have felt a lot of support over the last three years and the fans have always been behind me. I would love to say thank you – to all of them.”
When questioned about allowing Vettel to overtake, Schumacher replied:
“He was a lot quicker and I didn’t see the point in getting involved. That’s why I let him through. I’m proud of him. In a way, he’s now won his third title as I am finishing here, so he’s kind of carrying it on from there. Now it’s very simple: I go back to the life I had when I first retired from Formula 1. It’s not too sentimental yet…we still have the debrief and everything to go through…but maybe it will sink in a bit later.”