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: I will make sure I am stronger than NicoMercedes stubborn over calls for F1 engine unfreezeMercedes oppose call to free up F1 engine developmentMercedes working hard on 2015 car says WolffMercedes celebrate with all staff at Brackley HQHamilton styles it with one kilo gold chainMercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 worldMercedes braced for a thrilling season finaleWolff: We’re suddenly bad guys because we adhere to rulesHamilton: I dedicate Russian GP victory to Jules 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 .