Michael Schumacher has confessed that he did reflect upon the possibility of returning to Formula 1 following his retirement two years ago – even if he ultimately decided that 'racing for the sake of it or for fun' is 'not his thing'.
The legendary German hung up his helmet after 16 seasons in the top flight in 2006, and at the end of a glorious, record-breaking career that yielded no fewer than 91 victories, seven world championship crowns and a staggering 1,369 points.
The recently-turned 40-year-old – now an advisor and occasional test driver for Ferrari, with whom he achieved five of his title glories – has revealed, however, that in the intervening period he did consider returning to the grid 'perhaps two times', even if he came to dismiss all offers as he felt with his motivation not quite what it had been, he could no longer commit himself fully to the sport.
“I have had a few interesting possibilities,” the man from Kerpen told German newspaper Bild
, “but I rejected them all almost immediately.
“I would only be racing for the sake of it or for fun and, no, that's not my thing.”
Schumacher has since flirted with motorcycle racing with a number of low-key appearances in European championships, but has repeatedly insisted that he has no interest in beginning a second career on two wheels.