Schumacher to retire at end of 2012 season
Michael Schumacher has announced he is to retire at the end of the current season. Hesitancy over renewing his Mercedes contract lead to the German marque signing Lewis Hamilton for 2013. After a record breaking first stint in F1, it was a mixed return for the seven-times champion, with just one podium and a pole performance in Monaco the highlights, prompting Jackie Stewart to label his retirement "overdue".
6 October 2012 - Source
ej Eddie Jordan
Even though I predicted it before anyone else, I'd like to express the opinion if I may that I believe that it is an absolute disgrace that Michael has been forced out at Mercedes given his legendary status as a legend and he can still compete at the top level. Did anyone go to Bernie's wedding recently? I'd just like to finish if I may by saying that Mercedes is absolutely correct to take Lewis as Michael is just not up to the job anymore and has really damaged his legend, as well as his legendariness in a fashion.
jackie Jackie Stewart
Michael's retirement is welcome and significantly overdue. Given he has exhibited the slight deterioration in ability concomitant with the ageing process, he has caused a number of avoidable and potentially lethal rear-end collisions, presenting a clear and present danger to his competitors. My advice to him is to exploit his name into a long-lasting brand, as I did with astonishing success in my retirement. Remember, stay safe, stay retired.
NigelErnestJamesMansellOBE Nigel Mansell
I would like to express my profound sadness at the retirement of statistically the greatest driver of all time. Even though we shared the track only briefly, for over a season before my initial F1 retirement in 1992, and for a handful of races on the way to his maiden title in 1994, and for a further handful of races in 1995, the year of my second and final F1 retirement, I have the utmost respect for his current tally of 91 wins, 155 podiums, 68 poles, 77 fastest laps, and 1560 career points. I hasten to add that it is significant, if not telling, that after myself, and possibly Damon, Michael was one of those special drivers for whom my dear friend and fellow retiree, Murray Walker, showed a unique adulation for, particularly Michael's idiosyncratic but impressive command of english. If it is of any consolation to Michael I could offer you my expertise as a fellow multiple retiree, given I have experienced, repeatedly, the traumatic consequences of retirement in terms of personal, financial, professional, and psychological wellbeing.
mschumi Michael Schumacher
Ah yes Murray, my only friend at the BBC. I just ran a self diagnosis on my wellbeing there Nigel. Personal: missus and two kids so that's fine. Financial: closing in on a billion, rolling in it. Professional: best driver ever, sorted. Psychological: Hmmm, I suppose I will miss terrorising people, although at least their scars will be permanent.
FastEddie Eddie Irvine
Don't worry Mikey, you can hang with your old buddy Fast Eddie. We can shoot the breeze at my bachelor pad with some chicks and play with my speedboats and choppers. Just like I showed you the secrets of car development at Ferrari, I'll show how to make easy cash from property development.
JV Jacques Villeneuve
Controversial Jacques is going to put his neck on the line and say that Michael has possibly underachieved in his return but F1 is going to be boring without super controversial guys like him and I. I hope he can find some direction in life after F1, like I did with my music career.