Ferrari number one driver, Michael Schumacher has revealed that he will not continue racing in F1 'much longer'.

Although the German has not set a date for his retirement, his current deal with the Scuderia expires at the end of 2006 - and following a difficult 2005, another season spent making up the numbers next year, could well see him quit the sport sooner rather than later. Although he insisted that he doesn't want to go out on a low, following so many seasons of success, which have seen him become statistically at least, the greatest F1 driver ever.

"I am happy in this team," he told British newspaper The Daily Mail. "I don't want to back out now at a point where we're not doing so well and I can't imagine driving for another team. I haven't signed for anything beyond 2006, but will do as soon as the time is right.

"I don't know when I'll retire but I don't think I've many years ahead of me [in F1]".

As for speculation last week, that Kimi Raikkonen could join Ferrari in 2007, Schumacher added that if that happened, it wouldn't bother him. "I wouldn't have any problem driving with Kimi in the team," he confirmed.

Having won the title seven times, Schumacher has nothing left to prove. That much is beyond doubt.

 

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