Briatore says Schumacher made smart decision to quit 5 October, 2012 Oct.5 (GMM) Former Formula One team boss Flavio Briatore has backed his former Benetton charge Michael Schumacher’s decision to quit F1 for good. Having taken the then very young German to his first two titles, watched him become ultra-successful at Ferrari and then somewhat dent his prestige at Mercedes, Italian Briatore thinks Schumacher’s call not to return in 2013 with a midfield team is a good one. “Schumacher has made a smart decision,” he is quoted by German media, “although several years too late.” Some, however, think Schumacher really made no decision at all, having been ousted in favour of Lewis Hamilton and with his only real options for 2013 being Sauber or perhaps Williams. Former driver Alex Wurz thinks it is a callous end to a great career. “The fact that Mercedes did not wait with the announcement of Lewis Hamilton’s transfer, allowing Schumi an honourable exit, shows how merciless this business is,” the Austrian told Speed Week. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsJock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and NicoMercedes ready to compromise to end F1 engine disputeHamilton: I feel like I’ve got another seven years in F1Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the YearRosberg: I learned a lot and know what I have to work onFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeFormula 1 world surprised by Mercedes dominance in 2014Mercedes seek FP1 role for Wehrlein in 2015Lowe vows to improve Mercedes reliability Vene Fact is merc really sucks! bobbi at least nothing is being hidden. everyone can see that schumi’s had an amazing career, but everything has to end and his time is now. he’s too old to keep up with the pack .