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Hello and goodbye // A departing driver makes space for a new F1 blog

Published by Christine

It might seem a little odd that I'm starting a Formula 1 Blog minutes after the 2006 season has ended. I'll tell you why - this is where the competition really starts.

Michael Schumacher has just driven his last race. Ever.

No one can deny that the man is a master at what he does. I have never seen a race where he hasn't been giving 300% and he pulls off some tricky overtaking and strategic moves that other drivers wouldn't even think of let alone be able to do. He is a Formula 1 legend.

But I think ITV commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle was right on the mark when he said that there's a negative air about the man. He has won some races, and been involved in some scandals, that he probably shouldn't have. We all respect and wonder at his skill and handling of the cars but some of his antics on and off the track leave a bad taste in the mouth.

It's a shame because he is one of the greats. His statistics will live in the records forever and I do not believe that anyone will be able to match what he does. For that I am glad, because it's not right for one person to dominate a sport for ten years without other people getting close. The last couple of years have shown that other drivers do have what it takes to take on the big man, and now that he's out of the picture - who knows what's going to happen.

It's time to say goodbye to the fantastic talent that was Michael Schumacher and welcome in the new and exciting wealth of drivers who will take the sport to the next level.

It's about time.