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Schumi to bid adieu in 2012 end

Seven-time Formula One world Champion Michael Schumacher today announced that he would retire after completing this season, which will culminate with the Brazil Grand Prix on November 25. Schumacher’s retirement was on the cards after Mercedes announced that Lewis Hamilton would replace him in the side although it was speculated that the German legend may join Sauber for the next season.

‘I decided to retire by the end of the year 2012. At some point, it is time to say ‘good bye’. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever,’ he said at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team motorhome, adding, ‘I had been thinking about whether I had the necessary motivation to carry on but I do not want to do something I am not 100 per cent committed to. Having made the decision I now feel a release.’

Schumacher’s first stint in F1, between 1991 and 2006, saw him winning seven world titles and 91 races.
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