Formula One legend Michael Schumacher happy to retire with “head held high”
The former world champion Michael Schumacher insists his poor performance were not the fault of his car or his crew. The Formula One legend reckons he is solely responsible for his poor performances this season.
The German defended his Mercedes car and even though he was given an excuse from his boss Dieter Zetsche. Earlier this month the CEO of Mercedes, Dieter Zetsche, exonerated Michael Schumacher for his poor form by Mercedes underperforming car.
The German team has been trying to fix a couple of problems in their car, but unluckily they have hit quite a few bumps on the road.
Michael Schumacher, 43, made a shocking return to Formula One in 2010 with Mercedes after a four-year break. However, the seven-time world champion has failed to make an impact in the Championship. Michael Schumacher is currently positioned 14th on the Drivers Standings.
“As racing drivers, we are independent of the cars,” Michael Schumacher said in an interview to the German newspaper Die Welt.
“'The fact things didn't go as well for me as planned is my fault, not that of the team.
“What is important though is to be able to look in the mirror and be able to say that I gave all I had. And I can do that.
“I can leave formula one with my head held high.”
Michael Schumacher last won the Championship in 2004 and his last win came at the Chinese Grand Prix in 2006. The former Ferrari driver told Die Welt that he was looking forward to his freedom and planned on spending more time with his family.
“Above all, I am looking forward to spending time with my family,” Michael Schumacher said.
“How often has my wife gone off to a riding tournament, which I couldn't go to, because I was off to a race? That has bothered me more and more recently.
“There is only so much time a sportsman can perform at the highest level. This time I have already extended my stay longer than most.”
Irrespective of his performances in the past three seasons, Michael Schumacher will once again retire as the most successful driver in the history of Formula One racing. Michael Schumacher’s last race will be the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paulo on November 25.
“My mission is over, so I can go back to the happy period of my life which I enjoyed during my first retirement,” Michael Schumacher said.