Schumi retiring

2012-10-04 10:37

SUZUKA, Japan - Seven-times world Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher will retire from the sport for a second time at the end of the 2012 season.

The German driver gave the information to reporters ahead of the 2012 Japanese GP today.

His Mercedes team announced last week that Schumacher would be replaced by Briton Lewis Hamilton for the 2013 campaign, leaving the 43-year-old without a drive, but rather than looking for another seat elsewhere he's decided to call it a day.

"I have decided to retire at the end of the year," Schumacher told a packed crowd of journalists gathered around the team's hospitality area at the Suzuka circuit.


  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-04 10:47

    Again. Yawn.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-04 11:01

      You assume I am white, and I am South African?

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-10-04 10:50

    ( in 2006 my battery was empty and now I am in the red zone. I don't know if there is time to recharge them......) Farewell Michael

  • louis.nolte.3 - 2012-10-04 11:10

    A true legend! Too bad the car wasn't good enough for a great comeback.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-04 11:32

      It was! Schumi was just not good enough to keep up with the likes of Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel and even his own team mate Rosberg (who actually won a race this year). He should not have made the come-back, as he had nothing to offer to he sport.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 11:52

      Well said Mark! My thoughts exactly.

      Warren - 2012-10-04 12:03

      Good thing Micheal had a 5 place grid penalty at Monaco otherwise you two would have nothing to say.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 12:36

      Oh please Warren...clutching at straws much?

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 13:03

      Emphasis on WAS Alicia. And even at that, it's not like he retired at the top, if you recall, his last two seasons before he retired the first time, he didnt win those championships. So should we bring back all the other drivers that have multiple championships to their names?

      shane2809 - 2012-10-04 13:49

      Well at least he tried a 'come back' for all of his fans!When he retired the first time his record was winning every third race! Even now, after not winning for the past 3 years, his win ratio is still better than anyone's on the grid! He was simply the best!!!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-04 15:08

      You people only look what Schumi did ON TRACK - you forget what he did OFF TRACK for Mercedes... he was an intricate part in the development of the team and the car (as stated by Brawn and Nico etc)...there is no one on track at this time that has more experience and knowledge in F1 (as a driver), both on and off the track.... neither is there any current driver who even comes close to what Schumi has achieved in the sport...well, yet anyways. I agree, his on track record since his come-back where somewhat weak and unexpected from Schumi - but comparing him to the younger drivers when he was gone for 3 years? That's like giving a retired Footballer hell when he comes back and tries to keep up with a 20 year old star. Also...have any of you "Experts" even noticed how much the cars had changed in the time he was gone? Bashing from the bench is always easy when you're on your couch, with your boep, eating wors and drinking beer....

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-10-04 16:23

      @ jason.slabber.3: "Clutching at straws much?" If you know anything about racing you'll know only a mechanical failure would've prevented Michael from winning that race. I know, could've, would've, should've but that's why I said good thing (for you) he had the penalty. P.S. Schumi is god, finish & klaar!!!

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-05 09:24

      @Warren, one race? You want to convince me that Michaels STILL has it based on the ALMOST result of one race…??????

  • trevorlbennett - 2012-10-04 11:17

    Re-Retire, maybe :-)

  • dries.reyneke - 2012-10-04 11:20

    About time. You throw away your name Michael.

      cobus.fenwick - 2012-10-04 23:12

      From which planet are you? dries.reynecke, what a honour to be able to read your comment. I thought to become a World Champion 7 times was great, but I had it all wrong. I saw your comment was made at 11:20, just after tea, and still taking a break, not working, wow you must be somebody special!!!!!!!!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-04 11:34


      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 11:44

      No he isn't! How can he be "die beste" and perform as badly as he has? Where's your logic?

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-04 12:07

      Idiot! You can comment once another driver even equals his 7 world championships (which won't happen in your lifetime).

      sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-10-04 12:32

      shamager is a dangerous driver, a cheat and a waste of time. He does not belong in F1. "shumager is king" yes, king of the backmakers. His "7" titles are littered with questionable incidents. He has achivd zip in the last 3 years since his return, he went backwards in almost every race. The only reason why he is "retiring" is nobody wants him. He didn't get a drive, even from Marussia. He got kicked out of F1. Go home shumager and stay there.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 12:53

      @om.nom...answer the question! How can he be the best the way he's performing? Logic??? He has achieved NOTHING from his return, he has performed DISMALLY at best, and yet ALL you can do is brag about 7 titles he won. He was a great driver, he did win many many races, those days are over, and have been since 2005. I dont understand why I'm getting this much flack from you guys, I'm simply saying it as it is.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-04 16:15

      sarel.seemonster.925... Peter Sauber made no secret of wanting Schumi to drive for his team. If you bothered to read the articles you would know this. jason.slabber.3... Those days might be over but the record books will still rub his 7 world championships in your face... for the rest of your life. Sorry, I'm simply saying it as it is.

      marius.burger.14 - 2012-10-04 16:20

      Michael is the best, yes. There aren't any drivers who would be able to perform like Schumi at his age. Let me tell you something Jason, if he had Massa's Ferrari this season, he would have been on top and still kicked Alonso's, Button, Hamilton, Vettel's etc. butt's. Schumi is a legend!! No shame in coming back and doing the thing you love most, even though expectations are always too high in this type of situation. The car unfortunately is not good enough, and that shows in Rosberg's results too and he didn't even have the breakdowns Shumi had.

      werner.swindon - 2012-10-04 21:53

      Sorry but you are only the best from you last performance.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-05 09:30

      @Marius, If he’s as good as you think he is, how come can he not consistently beat his own teammate in the same supposedly crappy car.

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 11:45

    About bloody time grandpa! Good riddance.

      sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-10-04 12:19

      @Jason.slabber.3 You took the words right out of my mouth

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-04 12:27

      He is still a legend and not a douche like you

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 12:43

      @hallo.daar, how do you know what type of person I am? How can you label me a douche based on 2 short sentences? But if your best response to my comment is name calling, then so be it. It proves me right, you MS fans have no counter arguement. What has Michael achieved in his 3 years back in the sport???

      sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-10-04 12:47

      @hallo.daar.56 - Why the insult? In any case, YAP - Go take a look in the mirror, you'll see a douche hanging between your ears.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 12:57

      @Alicia, it's a sad day in society when our elders give us reason to be ashamed. You side with a person who can resort to name calling the way hallo.daar has, and for no reason. tsk tsk tsk! MS should never have come out of retirement, everyone knows this, but not a single MS fan will admit it. If you are in fact an MS fan, how does it make you feel watching your hero drag his name through the mud race after race, tarnishing what was once an outstanding track record?

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-04 13:24

      Your comments prove it

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 13:32

      @hallo, How? Because I tell the truth I'm a douche...? Then I'm happy to be a douche. Rather an honest, in touch with reality douche than a blindly ignorant MS fan.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-04 15:19

      @ Jason - that might be the "truth" according to YOU...seen from YOUR point of view. Its not the 'truth' for everyone. And based on the comments on here, you don't care what anyone else thinks, your truth is THE truth. That's why some people may be calling you a douche....based on what you said.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-04 16:00

      @JManAtheoi, ok...taking everything you've said, I realize that I come across as someone who is a MS hater. I'm definitely not his biggest fan, but I do really have a great deal of respect for what he has achieved in F1. He has made and broken records, the likes of which we may never see again. HOWEVER, I feel that what I've said in other comments is true, and others obviously disagree. MS has done nothing for his career by coming back. He is slower than the younger guys around him. He has lost that competitive edge he used to have. Everyone blames the car, yet Nico is doing ok...not great but ok, and surely if MS is the machine you all say he is then he should be out performing at least his own teammate. He has tarnished his track record. No MS fan will ever admit that him coming out of retirement was a mistake. MS fans say he is the best, and I keep asking how people can say he's the best when he isnt performing and hasnt done so for a LONG time.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-04 12:25

    Smart move Michael. You should never have tried to stage a comeback. The records show that you were one of the GREATS of F1 - you didn't need to prove anything....

      cobus.fenwick - 2012-10-04 18:57

      On that level he Proved everything. He never want to prove anything by comming back. He has a passion for racing and just his presence helped F1 in all aspects, financially, support, critics, attendance, And this site, for whom should us be talking about? He enjoy what he is doing and will no matter which team he has to race for!!!!Does anyone really think that he wanted to become WC for the 8th time, for what? Funny people can't see that. Michael was not suppose to win. If he won every year, it would have ruined all the recent prospects to become WC. Where was Vettel when he raced for Torro Rosso? If he was racing for Mercedes and Michael was racing for Red Bull, is there anybody with a remotely human mind that think Vettel would become WC, not even mentioning two years in a row? So many people, so many opinions. If you don't know what it is all about, it shows your incompetency. Everybudies comments let me skip the Comedy channel for I get to laugh much more here.

  • ca.lu.10 - 2012-10-04 12:56

    Very talented? Certainly (7 world championships). Give MS fans their due, MS was very good, but his fans will NEVER admit that he was not the best driver of his time (think Alonso, Hakinnen, Vettel).

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-10-04 16:40

      Michael never went to a fast team & became champion like the others, he always went to a no hope team & turned them into champions. Btw, even Hakkinen knew he would never win another title which is why he retired in the first place & never made his promised comeback in the second place. And the only reason why he was a double WC is because MS broke his leg in that year.

  • ca.lu.10 - 2012-10-04 12:58

    Very talented? Certainly. Give MS fans their due, MS is a very talented driver, but his fans will NEVER admit that he was not the best driver of his era (think Alonso, Hakkinen, Vettel).

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-04 15:32

      Vettel in "his era"? Schumi's 'era' was in the early 2000s... Vettel made his race debut in 2007...when Schumi was in his (first) retirement (07 - 09). Alonso - granted. Hakkinen drove for 10 years, had 20 wins, 51 podiums, and two championships (Vettel: 23 wins, 2 Championships, under 6 years)... Mika was good...but not THAT good.

  • gwvickers - 2012-10-04 13:02

    What AGAIN, until someone offers him something, its only because nobody wants him, like the article says, \he's without a drive next year\ or maybe he needs money

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-04 20:00

      You should go work for the ruling party as minister of B.S. http://www.wheels24.co.za/FormulaOne/Sauber-would-snap-up-Schumie-20120921 Lekka stew-pit, nê? Gotta be a McLooser supporter

  • nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-10-04 16:54

    MS still earned more $ in the last 3 years than all of us on this forum combined, no matter how good (or bad) he performed ;-)

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