Michael Schumacher struggled in the early stage of the Brazilian Grand Prix due to the puncture. But the Safety Car and rain effects profited him and the German was recovered to finish seventh place in his final F1 Grand Prix.
“It’s been a beautiful time, with lots of good moments – some of them tough. I have felt a lot of support over the last three years and the fans have always been behind me. I would love to say thank you – to all of them.” Schumi said.
“In a way, it reminded me of 2003 – when I had a tricky race and came through to win by one point,” the seven-time World Champion told reporters.
“I had a puncture, which I wasn’t too impressed about, but it was a pretty big challenge today. I also had a puncture here back in 2006, so it reminded me of that, but I’m not used to giving up!
The Seven time world champion admitted that it was emotional to see his friend and fellow citizen Vettel took the F1 world title on the day he quit from Formula 1.
“I’m proud of him. He’s a good friend of mine. In a way, he’s now won his third title as I am finishing here, so he’s kind of carrying it on from there. Now it’s very simple: I go back to the life I had when I first retired from Formula 1. It’s not too sentimental yet…we still have the debrief and everything to go through…but maybe it will sink in a bit later.”
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