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Schumacher expecting difficult end

Michael Schumacher says he expects a difficult end to the F1 season after another retirement in India
Michael Schumacher admits that he doesn't expect to end his F1 career on a high after another disappointing weekend in India.

The German, who will retire for a second time at the conclusion of the current season, failed to finish at the Buddh International Circuit after stopping in the closing stages with a gearbox issue.

The seven-time champion had already been forced to pit on the opening lap with a puncture and had then been investigated by stewards for ignoring blue flags and he admitted he didn't expect his year to end with a massive upturn in fortunes.

"It would be nice [to end on a high], very clearly,” the Mercedes man was quoted by ESPNF1. “But I'm not expecting it and I'm not very sentimental about it.

"As long as I can fight for top positions then I do my job as much as I can and I try to help the team and get things ready for them for next year as much as possible. But other than that, it's kind of a normal job."

Schumacher added that his latest retirement was far from ideal but admitted that his race had been ruined by contact with Jean-Eric Vergne on the opening lap that caused his puncture.

"We have done 17 races and we have had eight retirements, so [nearly] 50% retirements," he said. "Well, that's not a statistic we are used to - certainly not. But obviously we retired the car for precaution reasons but it was all done by the first corner."



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FreeJack - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 4:36 PM

It's a shame. Some of these young drivers just don't seem to have the spacial awareness that the veterans have. You can see guys like Webber and Alonso battling wheel to wheel without contact, even in corners - yet the young guys all seem very collision-prone. I feel for Schumi, what started out as a fairly promising season for he and his team has really gone south...it's a shame he has to end his career with a whimper.



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