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'No regrets' about F1 return, says Schumacher
27 August 2012
While the expected success has been in short supply for multiple former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher since he returned to the series in 2010, he insists that he doesn't regret his decision to come back after a three-year retirement from competition.
"I have not regretted my comeback for a second," the German driver told Germany's Bild am Sonntag
newspaper at the weekend. "There have been a lot of good moments."
Schumacher hasn't won a Grand Prix since China in October 2006, and his best result since returning to F1 with Mercedes nearly three years ago is a single podium place in Valencia earlier this season.
The lack of wins may prove to be the reason why Schumacher decided to stay in F1 for another year. Amid much speculation that he would quit for good at the end of the current season when his contract expires, Schumacher told the newspaper that he would "find it a pity" if he ended this return stint without a win.
Schumacher is certainly pinning high hopes on a breakthrough at Spa, the circuit where he made his F1 début with Jordan in 1991 and which he described as being like "my living room, because so much has happened there and where I feel so much at home".
"It's clearly the number one race track in the world," he added. "It's uncanny how I always seem to have special moments there: my début, my first win, a world championship victory and many great races."
Next weekend it will also be the moment that he becomes only the second driver in history to compete in 300 Grand Prix races - the first driver to do so being his old Ferrari team mate, Rubens Barrichello, who has since decamped to IndyCar in the US.
"The fact that I will also take part in my 300th Grand Prix at Spa was somehow almost inevitable," he said, adding that he would find the right way to mark the occasion. "I'm proud to be just the second driver in the history of the sport to reach this milestone and there's no question that we are looking to have a particularly nice weekend."
Schumacher admitted that there may even be some alcohol involved in the celebrations. For years he never drank during a season, "because I thought it was damaging and make me slower." But since those days he says that he's "realised I can still win" even with the occasional recreational beverage - and hopes to get the chance to prove it at Spa.