Ecclestone changes his tune on Schumacher return

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 is presented with a Mercedes front wing in recognition of his 300th Grand Prix by Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM). Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday 1 September 2012.Dec.10 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he wishes that Michael Schumacher never returned from retirement, despite only months ago hailing his return.

Now, after an unsuccessful three-year comeback with Mercedes, the great German has retired once again after adding just a single podium to his incredible first tally of titles and wins.

“I would rather he had stopped as a seven time world champion than stopping now,” F1 chief executive Ecclestone told the sport’s official website.

“People new to the sport…will remember Michael now, not as he was. They don’t see the hero that he was but the human that can fail,” he said.

Ecclestone, 82, said choosing the right moment to quit is “important”.

“I hope that’s what I can do: when I feel I can’t deliver, I will certainly say goodbye,” he promised.

Ecclestone acknowledged, however, that it is the fact Schumacher is such a “competitive guy” that meant he could not stay away.

Ironically in July when the Mercedes driver qualified third at the British GP Ecclestone said that Schumacher was welcome to stay in the sport forever. We reported it here>>>

After initially quitting F1 in 2006, he soon turned his hand to competitive motorcycle racing and only narrowly escaped serious injury.

And Schumacher, 43, was back on two wheels at the weekend. At France’s Paul Ricard circuit, he lapped with British TT star John McGuiness, according to Bild newspaper.

“He is the godfather of motor sport,” McGuiness is quoted as saying. “And the great man can ride a bike.”

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  • Venezia

    F1 is grateful to the Schumeister but not Bernie the user the ungrateful basterd