Alesi believes Schumacher returned to F1 to have fun

(L to R): Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber (3rd); Jean Alesi (FRA); Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari (2nd). Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday 7 October 2012.Oct.8 (GMM) Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi thinks Michael Schumacher had to retire because he is no longer as committed to winning as he was in the past.

“He came to have fun,” said Alesi who was podium MC at Suzuka, “but he no longer had the same philosophy as the young ones who want to win absolutely.

“When you come back to racing such a machine, you have to make every sacrifice to be on the top,” Frenchman Alesi told RMC Sport.

“If the car is not working as well, I think at a certain age this attitude has more of an importance.”

Meanwhile, Jean Todt has offered a fascinating insight into Schumacher’s decision to retire.

The seven time world champion announced his decision, at Suzuka, on Thursday, and Mercedes chiefs Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn admitted Schumacher only told them what he was going to say “five minutes” prior to the press conference.

But Todt, Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss, a close friend and now the FIA president, said he knew all about it “a few days” earlier.

“I was told about Michael’s decision a few days ago,” he said. “We had the opportunity to speak, so I was prepared when he made it public and understood his reasons.”

Todt, however, said he doesn’t know what his friend is going to do next.

“I don’t know, but he will be very busy, that’s for sure,” said the FIA president.

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  • Vene

    Alesia you don’t have to say the obvious. He said that right from the beginning of his return that he is going to have fun racing. You saw him smiling a lot and always waving at the cameras compared to the seriousness of him before. Now he is relaxed and doesn’t care if he would win or not. He would always say at the start of the season or in any race if the car can compete at the front or not so he just has fun racing knowing that the merc sucks that’s why he will retire but contributed a big deal on every aspect of the car and f1 and racing in itself. Well done schumi the greatest of all and no harm done on your legacy. You are a legend!
    Time for a new chapter in his career. He should run an f1 team or take an executive role to teach the useless executives how ;1 should be!

  • assad

    At least alesi did not ‘diss’ Michael as some have

  • VEne

    @assad

    point noted.