Michael Schumacher retirement from F1 at the end of 2012 season maybe the end of legend’s racing career
Michael Schumacher, 43, will retire from Formula One for the second time at the end of this season. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is to take the place of the seven time world champion at Mercedes from next year. Speculation was rife that Schumacher will move onto Sauber for the 2013 season but the German has decided to announce his retirement, and end of his F1 career which goes back to a start in 1991.
Schumacher turned things around for Ferrari when he joined them in 1996. He won 91 races in 19 seasons and won his first title with Benetton in 1994 and once again the following year after which he left for Ferrari. Here he received five straight titles between 2000 and 2004 and thereafter announced his first retirement in 2006. He stayed away for three years before making a comeback with Mercedes in 2010 after which he received only one podium finish in three seasons.
Now contented with his overall achievements, Schumacher has formally announced that he will be retiring. His last race in India at the upcoming Indian Grand Prix to be held on Sunday at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida will be followed by four more races this season on which Schumacher will focus. Schumacher has stated that the decision taken by Mercedes to replace him with Lewis Hamilton is a wise one and good for the team.
Indian news release: 2012 Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit Preview
The 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 28 October at the Buddh International Circuit just outside New
Delhi. Having made its Formula One debut last year, the 5.125 km circuit hosts Round 17 of this year’s championship.
• Nine of the ten corners between Turns 5 and 14 are taken at between 200 and 250 kph
• The maximum lateral force generated on the lap is 3.8 G in Turn 13
• The 230m run from pole to the apex of Turn 1 is the third shortest of the year after Monaco and Valencia
• The cars spend 8.2s cornering in the double right-hander at Turns 10 and 11
The Formula One debut of India last year was certainly a success. There were a surprising amount of fans during the weekend, and the track itself really is cool. We drivers were given a very enthusiastic reception, and it will be interesting to see if this enthusiasm has remained as strong. After two races which have not been totally satisfying, we naturally wish for a more positive trend to come, and I can say that everybody in the team has put in a lot of effort to achieve it. Let’s see what we can make out of it.
The Buddh International Circuit is very challenging with an interesting combination of slow speed corners and long fast straights. The track also has one of the highest average speeds in Formula One and is good for overtaking. Last year I was really impressed by the passion and friendliness of the Indian people so I’m looking forward to visiting again and having some more interesting experiences. I hope that I will have a bit more luck than recently next weekend, and I will have the chance to achieve a good result.
Next week will see Formula One’s second visit to India following the inaugural Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in October 2011. This year, our team is very pleased to be partnering with Airtel, title sponsors of the race, and we look forward to sharing our Indian Grand Prix experience with them. It’s always a pleasure to welcome new fans to our sport, and Formula One certainly seemed to capture the imagination of those who came to the circuit last year. The facilities are very impressive, and the track proved a good challenge for the drivers.
After a successful inaugural race last year, we are all excited to return to the Buddh International Circuit for the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix. We received a warm welcome from a very enthusiastic public last year and it was impressive to see the prestige Formula One enjoyed with the people on its first visit to India. Following two long straights, and one shorter one, the circuit offers a challenging flow of corners from turns 5 to 15, especially the long right-hander at turns 10 and 11. This puts high loads through the front-left tyre, while the expected temperatures in excess of 30°C will also make for additional challenges.