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 NewsHamilton confident practice glitch is minorRosberg: I have it in my own handsMercedes: We cannot sit back, it can still go wrongMercedes title rivals in Austin with contrasting stylesHamilton hunting tenth win as Rosberg chasesProst doubts Renault will catch Mercedes next seasonMercedes and Puma extend partnershipRosberg: I love the double points finale ruleMercedes preview United States GPRosberg: I am a hunter and I have no reason to give up 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 .