Picture Tribute to Michael Schumacher; Seven-Time World Champion Bids Goodbye to F1 Again
German Formula One racing driver and seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, announced his retirement for the second time on Thursday after failing to perform well for Mercedes. Check out picture tribute to the 7-time World Champion.
German Formula One racing driver and seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, announced his retirement for the second time on Thursday after failing to perform well for Mercedes.
The announcement came a week after Mercedes signed Lewis Hamilton for a whopping £60million from McLaren as a replacement to Schumacher.
It is second retirement for Schumacher, who holds the record of winning 91 races in a career spanning over a decade. He announced his first retirement in 2006 but hit the track again in 2012 after signing a three-year contract with Mercedes.
"I have decided to retire by the end of the year, although I am still able and capable to compete with the best drivers that are around," he said in a statement, adding, "But at some point, it is good to say goodbye. And that is what I am doing here... and it might this time even be forever."
The 43-year-old legend, who is widely regarded as the greatest F1 driver of all time, rubbished speculations that he would join a lesser known team and expressed his happiness on his performance in spite of failing to win prizes.
"During the past month I was not sure if I still had the motivation, and energy which is necessary to go on," he said.
"It is not my style to do something that I'm not 100 percent feeling for. With today's decision I feel released from those doubts. It is without doubt that we did not achieve our goals... but it is also very clear that I can still be very happy about my overall achievements in the whole time of my career," he added.
Schumacher was not good enough in his second innings as the first one. After winning World Championship title for Benetton in 1994 and 1995, he went on to grab five more for Ferrari, but his stint with the Mercedes was a disappointing one. However, he is a legend and has left as a legend.