Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed that his second retirement from Formula 1, Following his current team Mercedes GP announced that he will replaced by Lewis Hamilton for a new three-year deal.
Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, driving car number 32 as a replacement for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot. Schumi won his first pair of titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, following he joined to Ferrari, and took five more F1 world title between 2000 and 2004. His first retirement from Formula 1 at the end of 2006 season.
The German holds lots of the Formula one driver records, with most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes.
Following the Hamilton’s joining reports the F1 paddock rumour surrounded that Schumacher with other teams such as Sauber and Toro Rosso, but Schumi settle down the rumours with his clarification.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” he said. “We had a three-year agreement and I have had doubts for a while about whether I had the energy to carry on. I said back in 2006 that my batteries were empty and now I think I’m in the ‘red zone’, so I’m not sure there would be time to recharge them, but I’m looking forward to my freedom.
There are no hard feelings (with Mercedes)…in a way, we have achieved a great deal. Now I will just continue to do exactly what I have been doing, which is to finish races and focus 100 percent on what I do.”