|Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna|
Michael Schumacher is a seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He holds many of the formula’s driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004 season. Last month he decided that second and final retirement at the end of season.
At the end 2006 season he made first retirement of the F1 career, following he working with Ferrari as a Advisor role. In 2010 the German signed a three-year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010.
His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity.
Schumacher says that leaving from F1 will almost certainly be less touching for me this time than in 2006. The German added that Interlagos brings back my memories of Ayrton Senna, and also Interlagos is the right place to round off his career.
“Interlagos is the right place to round off my career because so much of the fascination of Formula 1 is rooted there. 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.
“For me, it’s also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton[Senna]. My departure from Formula 1 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.”
“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 Formula 1 and a lot of support from fans around the world, and I wish to particularly thank them for that. Of course, 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.”
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