Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: United States Grand Prix, Austin
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Michael Schumacher retires from Formula One a second time // Three years is enough of a comeback for the champion

Published by Christine Blachford

Michael Schumacher retires from Formula One a second time
Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Michael Schumacher retires from Formula One a second time audio waveform

Welcome to F1Minute - Michael Schumacher retires from Formula One a second time.

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher has revealed his plans to retire from Formula One at the end of this year, after a three year comeback with Mercedes. Once the news emerged that Lewis Hamilton was to join the German team for 2013, it was only a matter of time before Schumacher had to announce his intentions.

Speaking to the media, he said: “During the past month, I was not sure if I still had the motivation and energy which is necessary to go on. It’s not my style to do something that I’m not 100% feeling.” He also added: “Although I am still able and capable to compete with the best drivers that are around, at some point it is good to say goodbye - and that is what I am doing this season. This time it might even be forever.”

He also pointed out there were other options for him to stay and drive in F1, but he turned them down, and has yet to decide what his future plans are.

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

Which British driver became the first son of a World Champion to take the F1 title on this day in 1996?

F1 team launches
McLaren HondaOnline29 Jan
Sauber F1 TeamOnline30 Jan
Scuderia FerrariOnline30 Jan
Scuderia Toro RossoJerez, Spain31 Jan
Infiniti Red Bull RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamJerez, Spain1 Feb
Williams Martini RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Lotus F1 TeamJerez, Spain2 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamOnline25 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuito de JerezSpain1 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain2 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain3 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain4 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain19 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain20 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain21 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain26 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar

An Aside with Joe