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A Legend Retires…again

October 4, 2012

A legend retires…again.

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So the news we all expected’s hit our tv’s, radio’s and news feeds, Michael Schumacher’s retiring from Formula One racing for a second time.
It’s no real surprise, given that only last week his current seat was given away to Lewis Hamilton for 2013 and in his three years since emerging from his last retirement spell, results have been less than spectacular. He set out in 2010, along with Ross Brawn and Mercedes Benz, to try and create a works team capable of winning races and perhaps even another championship to add to his seven collected previously. But over three years the team’s managed just one solitary victory and even that went to his young team mate.
Given that Mercedes have failed to deliver a championship contending car, Michaels second stint in the sport hasn’t had him so much in the glaring eye of the world’s media and I suspect that’s a part of it he’s enjoyed a little more.
There was a time of course when Michael was winning everything. He was possibly the most famous and probably highest paid sportsman in the world during his reign at Ferrari and despite his most recent three seasons, will always be remembered in that way.
Just after the turn of the century, and despite being on the wrong end of his brilliance many times with Mika, David and Kimi, I have to say he was awesome. A controversial figure often, but the combination of him, Ferrari and Bridgestone were at times unbeatable and for sure it’s the good he’s brought to this sport, rather than anything else which is the overriding legacy.
For me, I feel proud to have been involved and been competing against him during those great years, much like I guess those before me felt about the great Ayrton Senna. My claim to fame, if you can call it that, is not only do I covertly appear on the back cover of his biography and have wailed karaoke into the same microphone in Japan, but I once threw a Bacardi and Coke into his face…and I think I’ll save that little tale for the book.

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Read, or listen to Michael’s emotional press conference from Suzuka here

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2 Comments
  1. This was maybe discussed in the passed but I have been always curious what cause the demise of Brawn GP? Not the team name itself, but the sudden lack of success? From such a pure domination in 2009 to only 3 podium finishes in 2010 (and those were only 3rd spots). Considering the history of Ross Brawn I would was expecting an improvement, but instead it looks as if the team has been going downhill ever since.

    • Brawn dominated in 2009, in the most part, due to the invention of the ‘double diffuser’. It created significantly more downforce than any other team and they held the clear advantage for at least half the season before others copied and caught up. The team have to be credited for the design, but without they surely wouldn’t have come close to winning.

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