Michael Schumacher is retiring from Formula One racing and says this time, “it might be forever”
Schumacher is a seven time F1 championship winner.
He announced Thursday that at the end of this season he will retire, ending one of the most legendary careers the sport has ever seen.
“Basically, I’ve decided to retire at the end of the year,” Schumacher said at the Japanese Grand Prix. “Although I was able and capable of competing with the best drivers that are around, at some point it’s time to say goodbye and this time it might be forever.”
Schumacher has 91 grand prix wins, which is the record. He started racing in 1991and won two titles with Benetton. He then won five titles with Ferrari.
The first time he retired was in 2006, but then decided to come back in 2010 to drive for Mercedes. Since his initial comeback he has only won one podium.
“It’s without doubt that we did not achieve our goals to develop a world championship fighting car,” Schumacher said. “But it is also very clear I can be happy with my overall achievements.”
In every sport, legends must retire, sometimes twice.