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    • Michael Schumacher announces retirement from F1 effective at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 Season

      All good things must come to an end, even for one of the greatest drivers of a generation. It seems the announcement by Mercedes of the signing of Lewis Hamilton was the final push Michael Schumacher needed to finally decide to retire from Formula 1 racing for good. Schumacher seems to be at peace with his decision seemingly knowing that his ride in F1 had come to an end this season.

      Schumacher stated, "I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever. I had been thinking about whether I had the necessary motivation to carry on but I do not want to do something I am not 100 per cent committed to. Having made the decision I now feel a release."

      It is a bit of a shame Mercedes-Petronas seemed to mismanage the twilight of Schumacher's career. His return was not what he expected but fans got to see one of the greats in action a last time. A new chapter unfolds both for Schumacher and the Mercedes Formula 1 program, he will be missed greatly in F1.


      Schumacher career synopsis:

      1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.


      1973: Makes his racing debut in a karting event.


      1987: Wins German and European kart championships.


      1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and is second in the European series in his first year of car racing.


      1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.


      1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.


      1992: Takes first Grand Prix win in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.


      1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill in Australia.


      1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.


      1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in the championship.


      1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.


      1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.


      2000: Finally wins Ferrari's first drivers' title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.


      2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories.


      2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.


      2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.


      2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season, 13, to take title number seven.


      2006: September 10 - Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.


      2009: July 29 - Announces plans to make a shock return to F1 with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.


      August 11 - Forced to abort comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.


      December 23 - Signs a three-year contract to drive for Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.


      2010: Makes his return to F1 in Bahrain and finishes the season in ninth, with a highest finish of fourth.


      2011: Betters his previous season with an eighth-placed finish and 96 points, with a fourth in Canada his best result.


      2012: Returns to the podium for the first time since his retirement, finishing third in the European Grand Prix.


      October 4: Announces he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Michael Schumacher announces retirement from F1 effective at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 Season started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 10 Comments
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        What a sad day! I've been following MS's F1 career since his debut in Belgium '91 (I was in Spa as a kid that day, but didn't actually see him as his clutch broke after 1km and I was standing at a later section of the circuit).

        There were many controversials throughout his career, but his exploits are unforgettable. One of his best moments would be Spa 1995, a race in wet conditions during which he took victory after starting from 16th place on the grid. During the race, he kept slicks on his car and kept Damon Hill in check who was driving on rain tires!

        Or Barcelona 1996 where he put a 45second gap between him and second-placed Alesi in the finish. Races like that earned Schumi the title "Rain-God".

        It's such a shame Mercedes has not been able to put up a competitive package over the last three years.

        We will miss you Schumi.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        he will be missed greatly in F1.
        again...

        I'm not gonna lie to you, I was never a Schumi fan. Instead I was a Hill, Hakkinen, Raikkonen fan.
        I didn't like his style, which caused a lot of discussions in my family for my brother worshipped the guy.

        Since his comeback his aggressiveness of the past has gone and now I can enjoy his drivestyle more.
        Helas for him the Mercedes F1 package the last few years wasn't upto spec for him to win races.
        At least he got to mold the setup of the car his way to at least be on a par with his teammate Rosberg.
        But after a few strange accidents lately I think it is probably time for him to say goodbye to F1.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        again...

        I'm not gonna lie to you, I was never a Schumi fan. Instead I was a Hill, Hakkinen, Raikkonen fan.
        I didn't like his style, which caused a lot of discussions in my family for my brother worshipped the guy.

        Since his comeback his aggressiveness of the past has gone and now I can enjoy his drivestyle more.
        Helas for him the Mercedes F1 package the last few years wasn't upto spec for him to win races.
        At least he got to mold the setup of the car his way to at least be on a par with his teammate Rosberg.
        But after a few strange accidents lately I think it is probably time for him to say goodbye to F1.
        Damon Hill?? Really? Srsly? Click here to enlarge The slowest F1 champion of all times? In the Wiliams in 1996, a blind monkey would have won the Championship Click here to enlarge

        Schumi often got criticized for his aggressiveness. But let's be serious: Senna/Prost have done much worse. Had Schumi done half of that, he would have been stoned alive.

        Let's be grateful we had these character in F1. Who were eager to take risks. Nowadays, true racing gets catastrated more and more. Like the one-race-suspension for Grosjean after the start crash in Spa this year. Whatthe hell? In the 80's and 90's, it was mandatory for fans to watch the race start, just to see how many would be taken out in the 1st corner Click here to enlarge
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Well, Hill or MS, the choice was easy for me.
        I was never a Senna fan as well.
        Nor a Prost fan.
        I really liked Giles Villeneuve at the time,crazy SOB, but he died one day before I go to see him ride at Zolder. As a result, I saw no Ferrari's drive that day.

        The record for start crashes was set in Spa 98 Click here to enlarge
        That record will most likely never be broken.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        I was never a great fan of Schu either, but it was his prowess and success as a driver that brought out the best in the other greats like Hakkinen, Raikkonen, Alonso, etc. And he served as inspiration for a new generation of drivers like Hamilton and Vettel. His legacy in F1 will be lasting far beyond his retirement.

        It will be interesting to see if he ends up piloting a Merc in DTM now, given that the series is becoming less of a post-F1 landing spot than it once was.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        It will be interesting to see if he ends up piloting a Merc in DTM now
        Seems like such a step down for him.
      1. sr20seb's Avatar
        sr20seb -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        Damon Hill?? Really? Srsly? Click here to enlarge The slowest F1 champion of all times? In the Wiliams in 1996, a blind monkey would have won the Championship Click here to enlarge

        Schumi often got criticized for his aggressiveness. But let's be serious: Senna/Prost have done much worse. Had Schumi done half of that, he would have been stoned alive.

        Let's be grateful we had these character in F1. Who were eager to take risks. Nowadays, true racing gets catastrated more and more. Like the one-race-suspension for Grosjean after the start crash in Spa this year. Whatthe hell? In the 80's and 90's, it was mandatory for fans to watch the race start, just to see how many would be taken out in the 1st corner Click here to enlarge
        I see this being thrown a lot. Now please give me your proof, because this time, I don't want to just let it go. And try to offer a bit more stuff other than what happened in 89 and 90 at Suzuka.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Sad day for F1 but all good things must come to an end. He will always be a legend and a hero for me.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Seems like such a step down for him.
        Yes, I agree, but it does allow him to continue to compete in a championship series. I'm sure DTM would love to have him in to raise the profile of the series.

        I think it would be great to see him at LeMans. Certainly a more prestigious race than DTM.
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        About time