na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9611 posts, RR: 10 Posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Record World champion and holder of almost all Formula 1 records Michael Schumacher has announced his career end today. A logical step, though not at his own timing. Too many big stars miss the right point in time to step down. Michael must have known that his team was planning something after he had said that he would not make a decision before October.
In my opinion he shouldnt have come back anyway. There was nothing to win after his mega career at the wheel of the Ferrari. Mercedes was a failure from the start, for him, for the fans, for the team. In three years Mercedes wasnt able to give him a competitive car.
To some he wasnt the most sympathetic guy in F1, but there is little doubt he was the greatest, probably forever. Farewell, champion!
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2091 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Quoting na (Thread starter): In my opinion he shouldnt have come back anyway. There was nothing to win after his mega career at the wheel of the Ferrari. Mercedes was a failure from the start, for him, for the fans, for the team. In three years Mercedes wasnt able to give him a competitive car.
Exactly what I was thinking. People doing comebacks in sports rarely succeed. He should have stopped while he was on top of the game.
B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1000 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1342 times:
Well, on the bright side, I'm sure his bank manager was happy about the 3 years with Mercedes. And while he's retired from an active career, I for one wouldn't be surprised if we see him back on the pitwall in the not too distant future. Probably wearing a red baseball cap ....
From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1307 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
Quoting na (Thread starter): To some he wasnt the most sympathetic guy in F1, but there is little doubt he was the greatest, probably forever. Farewell, champion!
I quite agree.
This decision doesn't exactly surprise me as he was simply not performing at his previous level but I am actually glad that he came back. He certainly added a spark to the field and the prestige of having such a phenomenal driver in the grid. Sadly, I never got to see him race a Formula 1 car in person (I did see him at the race of Champions in Düsseldorf) so to see him racing again on live TV was a bit of a consolation.
I do wonder what is next for him: stay on in a managerial/advisory capacity in F1, pursue another form of racing (DTM, perhaps), become a race commentator for WDR, or simply go on and enjoy his well deserved retirement. If I were him, I'd choose the retirement.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10243 posts, RR: 40 Reply 6, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
I for one will miss Schumi after the end of the season although my feeling is that he will not give up completely on F1. We might see him coming back with one of the big teams, although not as a driver, maybe in a top managerial position..
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9611 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1254 times:
Schumacher is not the guy to sit on the couch and polish his worldcups. I´m sure we´ll see him soon in an interesting position, either in a managerial position in a major team (and then only Ferrari and Mercedes are likely, and I hope he´ll wear a red cap again) or, in a few years time, as a race commentator, though I dont think he can top Christian Danner there whose voice and tone I really like.
One thing you can bet on: he will not stop racing alltogether. Maybe he wont compete in a big series, but there are charity races, cart races, Ferrari club races etc.
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5286 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6): We might see him coming back with one of the big teams, although not as a driver, maybe in a top managerial position..
Drivers don't often make good managers or team principles, this list of drivers who have tried is long with little success. Prost, Stewart, Amon, Surtees, Fittipaldi, Hill, I can only think of a few drivers who made successful team principles, McLaren, Brabham and Cooper
I think if Michael still wants to race he has a couple of options, sportscars and DTM, I'd love to see him in DTM, I'd also like to see him have a go at LeMans
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10243 posts, RR: 40 Reply 10, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1156 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 9): Even with the kind of money he had, he couldn't do anything better than competing in F1 again.
Not only that. Schumi is a wise investor. He has many architectural projects on the way, all are in prime locations, among which the Michael Schumacher Tower in Abu Dhabi. This tower is quite an innovative project.
Michael Schumacher Tower Abu Dhabi
Future Living – Michael Schumacher Tower launched in Abu Dhabi
Michael Schumacher Business Avenue
Michael Schumacher Business Avenue provides you with office spaces with a business center in a prime business location in UAE - Business Bay Dubai.
Floors are completely open, without obstructions, permitting the occupants to plan their space. Michael Schumacher Business Avenue comprise of 29 stories, consist of 3-basements car parking, Ground and Mezzanine Floor.
Why should he? He didn't run F1 cars to stroke his ego. He did it because he loved it, high level car racing is all he cares about. I respect him for keeping up with his passion even after his 'prime', it shows he wasn't in it just for the podiums and the glory, but only because he wanted to keep racing fast cars. Good for him.
I wouldn't mind having seen him racing a couple more seasons. Not being in the spotlight anymore will not make anybody forget who he is and what he did. He's reached legend status, and there's no way down from there.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
9MMPQ From Netherlands, joined Nov 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1116 times:
Missed him after he left the first time & will miss him again after this season ends. At least i did get to see him driving with Ferrari when i once went to a Grand Prix myself & in many many years from now we get to say we saw that 7x world champion building up that number of titles.
Still, can't help but feel things could have been different if Ross Brawn & the rest of Mercedes got their cars together & sorted out their tyre & balance issues.
Although he's had some very questionable mistakes this season the moment he stuck the Mercedes on pole in Monaco or had some good defending/overtaking actions this year it seemed a lot of people were suddenly very pleased he was back in F1 showing his stuff. Perhaps it's just me but on the days were the only issue was the car lacking performance & neither driver was delivering the fireworks you'd still seem to hear a lot more negativity about Michael. I suppose the ups & downs in expectations are much higher & lower when you're a 7x champion but for the most part you're still only as good as the car you're going to get.
But life goes on & there will be a few intresting driver pairings next year to look forward to .. and i have a feeling Lewis Hamilton could get a tough season next year if the last few Mercedes cars are anything to go by.
I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't trust coincidences.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3537 posts, RR: 28 Reply 13, posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
Quoting na (Thread starter): There was nothing to win after his mega career at the wheel of the Ferrari.
Not to repeat what others have said, but he didn't come back to win, he came back for the love of the sport. Honestly, if you had the opportunity to drive the fastest, most sophisticated cars in the world 18 weekends a year would you let it pass?
Read this very carefully, I shall write this only once!
You do realise that he's only sold his name to these projects, he hasn't invested any of his own money, it's like what Trump does, not all the Trump projects have anything to do with Trump except the name.