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Schumacher admits he did consider F1 return.

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.


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brendan - Unregistered

January 05, 2009 11:03 AM

i always thought he retired a year early, with michelin pulling out he would of been to an advantage with his knowledge of bridgestone tyres and with alonso changing teams and having to adopt to new tyres he would of probably been in the best position for an 8th title.

Fernando Alfonso - Unregistered

January 05, 2009 7:10 PM

@Hamilton - Really! lulu kicking his butt? I just don't see it happening even though he is a senior citizen now. I recon he would have taken the WDC last year had he been with Ferrari. I just don't see him making crucial mistakes both Massa and Kimi made, outside of the pit stop glitches which may or may not be beyond his control. Moreover, I venture to say that the championship would not go down to the wire and could see Schumi winning it by a margin of double digit figure.



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