Briatore says Schumacher made smart decision to quit

Flavio Briatore (left) and Michael Schumacher (right) discuss MichaelÕs big crash at the 130R. Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, 20 October1991.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.

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  • 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