Having a seven-timeFormula 1world champion with 91 wins, 155 podium finishes, 68 pole positions and 77 fastest laps drive one of your cars is probably a wise move.
Mercedes GP certainly thought so; that’s why when Michael Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver of all times, decided that three years away from the tracks were more than he could handle and wanted to make a comeback in 2009, he was signed by the Silver Arrows despite being at the ripe age of 40.
After a three-year stint, in which he was often outperformed by his much younger team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes revealed thatit signed Lewis Hamiltonfor the next three years and Schumacher today announced his retirement at the end of the season during a press conference at the Suzuka circuit.
The German thanked Daimler and theMercedesGP team for their trust, as well as his family who stood by his decisions.
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, who has cooperated with Schumacher for quite a long time, having worked with him previously in Benetton and Ferrari, commented that he is the greatest Formula 1 driver.
At the Belgian Grand Prix, Schumi completed his 300th race, being the second F1 driver to do so after his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.
His best result wasa third place at this year’s European GP, which at the age of 43 (and 173 days), made him the oldest driver ever to climb to an F1 podium since Jack Brabham finished second at the 1970 British GP.