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Schumacher Hangs Up His Helmet

“Time to say goodbye” -- but hints a comeback could follow.

by on Oct.04, 2012

F1 legend Michael Schumacher preparing for a race with his Mercedes team.

Michael Schumacher, the man who rewrote the Formula One record book, has announced plans to retire – again – at the end of the F1 season.  The news comes just a week after the Mercedes team announced Schumacher would be replaced by Lewis Hamilton next year.

Schumacher’s departure follows a season in which he simply couldn’t deliver the consistent performance he had while driving for the Benetton and Ferrari teams where he racked up seven world championships and 91 individual grand prix wins, both records.

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The 43-year-old German legend made his announcement while getting ready for the upcoming weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, in Suzuka.  Last week’s decision by Mercedes to replace Schumacher was clearly a setback, but there had been numerous reports he was being sought by another team, most likely Sauber.

Instead, Schumacher revealed his decision “to retire at the end of the year.”  He insisted he was “able and capable” of continuing to compete but realized, “at some point it’s time to say goodbye – and this time it might be forever.”