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Schumacher wants to 'savour' farewell

ESPN Staff
November 20, 2012 « Dennis speaks out on Hamilton | Mercedes pays tribute to Schumacher »
Michael Schumacher has one more race to add to his record of 91 victories © Press Association

Michael Schumacher says he wants to "savour" his final grand prix as he prepares to retire from the sport for a second time.

Having originally retired at the end of 2006, Schumacher returned to the sport in 2010 with Mercedes but will retire again at the end of this season as Lewis Hamilton replaces him for 2013. Schumacher said that the Brazilian Grand Prix will be "the right place" to finally end his career and that he hopes to be able to enjoy his farewell more than when he was driving for Ferrari in 2006.

"Interlagos is the right place to round off my career because so much of the fascination of Formula One is rooted there," Schumacher said. "I always enjoy the enthusiasm of the fans, and it's simply a great circuit which has seen many memorable events and always produces spectacular races as the unique layout guarantees plenty of action. For me, it's also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton.

"My departure from Formula One will probably be less emotional for me this time than in 2006, when we were still fighting for the championship and everything was much more intense. This time round, I will be able to pay more attention to my farewell and hopefully savour it too."

Schumacher admitted that he would only be happiest to bow out with a strong race so was still focused on delivering a good performance.

"I have had fantastic years in Formula One and a lot of support from fans around the world, and I wish to particularly thank them for that. Of course, I would be happiest if I could say goodbye with a strong race, and I am sure we will be doing everything we can to make it happen."