Schumacher wants to savor his second F1 farewell

Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:20am EST
 

By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Six years on from his retirement from Formula One at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher will say farewell again at Interlagos on Sunday and this time he intends to savor the occasion.

The seven times world champion, who was racing for Ferrari in 2006 and is now ending a disappointing three year comeback with Mercedes, has made clear he is calling it quits for good this time.

The 43-year-old German, whose place will be taken by 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton next season, said the Sao Paulo circuit - a ramshackle bowl steeped in motor racing passion - was a fitting place to round off an astonishing career that began back in 1991.

"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 as the unique layout guarantees plenty of action," Schumacher said in a team preview for Sunday's season finale.

"For me, it's also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton (Senna)," added the man whose first title, with Benetton in 1994, came after the great Brazilian's death at Imola that year.

Triple champion Senna won at Interlagos in 1993 with the young Schumacher standing alongside on the podium in third place. The German has gone on to win the race four times.

"My departure from Formula One 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," said Schumacher.

"This time round, I will be able to pay more attention to my farewell and hopefully savor it too. I have had fantastic years in Formula One and a lot of support from fans around the world, and I wish to particularly thank them for that."   Continued...

 
German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher poses with the Legend of Sport trophy at the German Sports Press Ball in Frankfurt November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner