Schumacher bids 'second farewell' to F1 after deciding to retire at season end

     Mercedes driver and seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has announced his retirement from the sport after the end of the current season. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will take Schumacher's seat at Mercedes in 2013, and with a lack of other options available to him, the German legend has opted to quit the sport at the age of 43.

"I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best, but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye, and this time, it might be forever," the Telegraph quoted Schumacher, as saying. "I had been thinking about whether I had the necessary motivation to carry on, but I do not want to do something I am not 100 per cent committed to. Having made the decision, I now feel a release," he added. Schumacher's first stint in F1, between 1991 and 2006, saw him rewrite the sport's record books, winning seven world titles and 91 races.

He will be best remembered for helping to revive Ferrari's fortunes after joining the Prancing Horse in 1996 as part of the 'Dream Team' along with Ross Brawn, Jean Todt, Rory Byrne and Paolo Martinelli, winning five straight titles between 2000 and 2004. The German ace retired at the end of 2006, but was convinced to make a comeback with the Mercedes team in 2010 by close friend Brawn.

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