Schumacher wants to ride into the sunset with a strong race in Brazil

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Nov.21 (Reuters) Six years on from his first retirement from Formula One at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher will say farewell again at Interlagos on Sunday, and this time he intends to savour the occasion.

Ferrari celebrate the final race for Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006. DIGITAL IMAGEThe seven time world champion, who was racing for Ferrari in 2006 and is now ending a disappointing three year comeback with Mercedes, has made clear he is calling it quits for good this time.

The 43-year-old German, whose place will be taken by 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton next season, said that the Sao Paulo circuit – a ramshackle bowl steeped in motor racing passion – was a fitting place to round off an astonishing career that began back in 1991.

“I always enjoy the enthusiasm of the fans, and it’s simply a great circuit which has seen many memorable events and always produces spectacular races as the unique layout guarantees plenty of action,” Schumacher said in a team preview for Sunday’s season finale.

“For me, it’s also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton [Senna],” added the man whose first title, with Benetton in 1994, came after the great Brazilian’s death at Imola that year.

Michael Schumacher (GER), left, talks with Ayrton Senna (BRA) British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 11 July 1993Triple champion Senna won at Interlagos in 1993 with the young Schumacher standing alongside on the podium in third place. The German has since gone on to win the race four times.

“My departure from F1 will probably be less emotional for me this time than in 2006, when we were still fighting for the championship and everything was much more intense,” said Schumacher.

“This time round, I will be able to pay more attention to my farewell and hopefully savour it too. I have had fantastic years in F1 and a lot of support from fans around the world, and I wish to particularly thank them for that.”

Schumacher will leave with his legacy perhaps less glittering than before but with most of his records intact and unlikely to be matched for years, if not decades, to come despite the best efforts of Red Bull‘s championship leader and compatriot Sebastian Vettel.

Michael Schumacher crashed out of the Singapore GPThose records include his seven titles, 91 race wins, 155 podium finishes and 68 pole positions.

Schumacher has scored more points than any other driver, led more laps and set more fastest laps. His 13 wins in 2004, 19 successive podiums (2001-02) and 24 consecutive scoring finishes are so far unrivalled.

His comeback, after three years out, has been a pale shadow of his dominance with Ferrari and he has been on the podium just once – a third place at this season’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Mercedes have not scored a point in their last five races while Schumacher, who was a title contender in Brazil in 2006 when Spaniard Fernando Alonso won his second title with Renault, has drawn a blank in his last six.

“I would be happiest if I could say goodbye with a strong race, and I am sure we will be doing everything we can to make it happen,” said Schumacher.

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  • Mappu

    Good bye champ. Because of you f1 is what it is today. You are the legend for ever. We certainly miss you and I’ll watch the races with less interest from hereafter.

  • Venezia

    Forever the legend, the Best!, the only schumeister! Baby schumeister will now carry on your legacy!

  • Speedo

    I hope he goes out with a bang – I mean on the podium. He deserves it as the Merc was a let down.

  • GPFanatix

    My tears almost drop reading and reflecting about Schumi’s departure. A true legend and spoken through his results…

  • Hawk

    Please all go to the nearest darkest corner and weep your eyeballs out.. F1 is more interesting now than the early 2k’s

  • Steliyan Pechev

    The championship will never be interesting for me anymore. All F1 drivers are in your shadow.Will miss you as you are the only benchmark in F1 world nowadays.I’m not sure if Daimler-Mercedes realizes what a huge mistake they have made by forcing you out of the car. All we know that you made Ferrari a winning team within 5 years of development. Mercedes didn’t have patience needed to have you on their side.They deserve their fate – fate of looser.

  • usman fasih

    i curse merc for ruining his lagacy. GOOD BYE schumi, u r the greatest ever.

  • Venezia

    @hawk you are the only schumeister hater here so go to your corner

  • Wayne in USA

    Hawk: You need to grow up!!

  • Speedo

    @hawk Although I am not a Schumi fan my earlier comment wanted him on the podium. Any true F1 fan who enjoys the sport would give credit when it is due and not be biased. In your case it is your venomous attitude that comes out judging by your comment.

  • jl

    Kimi WDC 2007. Felipe Runner-up 2008. That were Michael’s car right?
    Take a look Ferrari 2009-2011, crap.

  • Hawk

    ha ha ha
    LMFAO
    Anyway apologies.. maybe my comment was a bit extreme.. my point was/is the groveling is too much. In 2006 I would understand, but now? 44 year old? c’mon..
    In the 2k’s I was a Schumi/ferrari fan, up to 2006. But I have since moved on.. in sport we move on. we have seen the Maradonas, Jordans, Sampras, Beckhams, Tigers, Schumi, Loeb, Federer next, all come and go. to me F1 is still very interesting, the blip is on the 2009 and 2011 seasons.