Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher said this morning that he will retire at the end of the current season. Just last week, Mercedes-Benz announced that Lewis Hamilton would be replacing Schumacher for the 2013 F1 season.

Schumacher didn't completely quell the rumors of his taking a spot with another racing outfit next season – Sauber has been mentioned as a potentially soft landing place for the German – saying only that the retirement, "...might be forever."

In an interview with the Associated Press following the Japanese Gran Prix, Schumacher recounted, "Although I was able and capable of competing with the best drivers that are around, at some point it's time to say goodbye and this time it might be forever."

Schumacher retired for the first time following the 2006 F1 season, choosing to return with Mercedes in 2010. Despite being the most successful driver in the history of the sport, Schumacher has underwhelmed in the intervening years since his comeback.


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      ADM
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have liked to have seen him with Mercedes 1 more season especially with the new engine. I think MS is still a great driver and I'm sure we will see him in some other formula.
      douglasfir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still seems to me that he was pushed out of F1 in '06 rather than "retired."
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope to see him in DTM or a series of guest drives all over the place. I wonder if he will drive full time again. I am a fan of Michael, but he has done some things that make me cringe like the contact with Jacques. Statistically the top F1 driver, but I have a hard time naming him the best ever. But he is in the discussion. It was interesting to follow his career being the same age, however retirement is a long way off for me!
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      He's basically sayin that he has lost his desire for F1. He's not sayin he's lost is desire to race. He tried the German Superbike series for a couple of years but fell off a few times.... He's always said he thinks Ovals are too risky so that presumably rules out Indycar/Indy500....... If he really wants to race for the fun and enjoy a more relaxed paddock then he might do better than to choose a series which is more welcoming and fun to be around. GrandAm is fun for both drivers and spectators and MS likes visiting the USA and tooling around on his Harley.... Just sayin that somebody should ivite him to the Daytona 24 hours as a way of finding if he likes it.
        SCOTT !!!!!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        This is the best idea that anyone has put out. This would be a great stage for him to go to. I think he would enjoy it because he could drive when he wants and not have to if he is not feeling it.
        joynerz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        At his age he's still an extremely talented driver to be able to even drive a F1 car which requires extraordinarily quick senses/responses. He's competing against kids half his age with young reflexes.
      TheJDJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should buy STR then partner with VW for Porsche-branded engines. Hire some good team management and let them run the team. And for fun, he can race LeMans in the latest VW/Audi/Porsche.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see him tackle top tier endurance racing, AKA real racing.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Agreed, just hope Mercedes doesn't bring back their flying cars. Have huge respect for his accomplishments, but was never a fan.
          Anon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          I would totally like to see him at Le Mans. And seeing as how there are a lot of former F1 drivers at Le Mans, I wouldn't discount that possibility. Unfortunately there are only two works P1 teams, and I don't think Mercedes is going back to Le Mans anytime soon.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brett Favre of F1
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        So when will news of him texting pictures of his junk to a female reporter break?
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Whenever your girlfriend decides to go public with it.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          You funny. /sarcasm But seriously, the Sterger thing tainted Favre's legacy, as did his dicking around with retirement.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        But better at his sport then Farva.
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      Retiring as a driver? I believe forever is about time. Retiring from the sport? I don't believe it.
      dnsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Schumacher has underwhelmed in the intervening years since his comeback." That's absolutely hilarious! There are current drivers who wish they could have performed as well as he did in a mediocre car. After the Brawn diffuser was eliminated, the car was a complete turd. By the end of Michael's three years of development it has been running up front. Rosberg's win was Michael's for the taking, but the team clearly wanted to reward Rosberg for his time with the team and Michael obliged. Hamilton has no developmental skills at all and the team wil slip to the bottom of the pack.
      aeheywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should now compete in the LeMans 24 hours and the Indy 500. He's not too old. Win those two and he will truly be the greatest.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      whenever schumi had a good car he was always faster than rosberg, i am talkinf about this year.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to go Micheal. I was never your biggest fan, but it is sad to see you as a back marker.
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