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Schumacher to retire at end of 2012 season

Michael Schumacher has announced he is to retire at the end of the current season. Hesitancy over renewing his Mercedes contract lead to the German marque signing Lewis Hamilton for 2013. After a record breaking first stint in F1, it was a mixed return for the seven-times champion, with just one podium and a pole performance in Monaco the highlights, prompting Jackie Stewart to label his retirement "overdue".

6 October 2012 - Source
nico   Nico Rosberg
Given you are the greatest driver in history Michael I will be sorry to see you retire. I am glad that all the things you taught me helped me to beat you comfortably for the last three years.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Well Britney, I actually left Mercedes on medical grounds, my doctor advised me that my lungs were being destroyed by all the male grooming products you're exposing me to.
nico   Nico Rosberg
I honestly think I would not have gloriously claimed the first win for Mercedes if it were not for you Michael, and given you have been improving every year there is a chance that next year you would have been even closer to my pace.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Ah, your solitary win, though you're a little off my pace in that regards goldilocks. I've calculated that at your current victory rate of 1 win in 122 races, and based on a 19 race season, you should get close to my total around the year 2596. Best of luck.
hammy   Lewis Hamilton
I hope we're still cool even though I took your drive Michael. I'm frickin mega-freaked to be moving crib to the Silver Arrows.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Anything can happen in 6 races Lewis, I might fire a Silver Arrow in your direction. Looking good for Mercedes' image in 2013, Britney and Spice Boy, and I definitely won't steer car development in the wrong direction before I leave.
ej   Eddie Jordan
Even though I predicted it before anyone else, I'd like to express the opinion if I may that I believe that it is an absolute disgrace that Michael has been forced out at Mercedes given his legendary status as a legend and he can still compete at the top level. Did anyone go to Bernie's wedding recently? I'd just like to finish if I may by saying that Mercedes is absolutely correct to take Lewis as Michael is just not up to the job anymore and has really damaged his legend, as well as his legendariness in a fashion.
MycLaren   Martin Whitmarsh
The view of the McLaren Group is that we are very sorry to see Lewis go while believing he has made a monmental mistake. We are also sure that he will not bring any confidential data with him to Mercedes.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Why bother bringing it with him, he'll just post it on twitter instead. Well done Hamilton, forcing a great champion to call it a day. Well Michael, I guess we'll all have to throw you a party at the last race again.
IceMan   Kimi Raikonnen
I was having a shit.
jackie   Jackie Stewart
Michael's retirement is welcome and significantly overdue. Given he has exhibited the slight deterioration in ability concomitant with the ageing process, he has caused a number of avoidable and potentially lethal rear-end collisions, presenting a clear and present danger to his competitors. My advice to him is to exploit his name into a long-lasting brand, as I did with astonishing success in my retirement. Remember, stay safe, stay retired.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Retirement advice from The Flying Snot, no thanks, I'd rather not be blowing wind like a defective bagpipe in 30 years time. By the way Stewart, I proudly presented a clear and present danger to drivers even in my pomp, it's why I won 7 titles.
NigelErnestJamesMansellOBE   Nigel Mansell
I would like to express my profound sadness at the retirement of statistically the greatest driver of all time. Even though we shared the track only briefly, for over a season before my initial F1 retirement in 1992, and for a handful of races on the way to his maiden title in 1994, and for a further handful of races in 1995, the year of my second and final F1 retirement, I have the utmost respect for his current tally of 91 wins, 155 podiums, 68 poles, 77 fastest laps, and 1560 career points. I hasten to add that it is significant, if not telling, that after myself, and possibly Damon, Michael was one of those special drivers for whom my dear friend and fellow retiree, Murray Walker, showed a unique adulation for, particularly Michael's idiosyncratic but impressive command of english. If it is of any consolation to Michael I could offer you my expertise as a fellow multiple retiree, given I have experienced, repeatedly, the traumatic consequences of retirement in terms of personal, financial, professional, and psychological wellbeing.
Murray   Murray Walker
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Ah yes Murray, my only friend at the BBC. I just ran a self diagnosis on my wellbeing there Nigel. Personal: missus and two kids so that's fine. Financial: closing in on a billion, rolling in it. Professional: best driver ever, sorted. Psychological: Hmmm, I suppose I will miss terrorising people, although at least their scars will be permanent.
rubens   Rubens Barrichello
This is so unfair, you're getting so much attention for both your retirements but nobody noticed mine. I think the FIA should have forcibly retired you for the Hungary move on me in 2010.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Sincere thanks Rubens, the principal reason I can retire with no regrets is that beautiful moment when you crapped your nappy as I veered you towards that all-too-short pit-wall. By the way, people tend to notice the retirements of legends, not wetwipes.
FastEddie   Eddie Irvine
Don't worry Mikey, you can hang with your old buddy Fast Eddie. We can shoot the breeze at my bachelor pad with some chicks and play with my speedboats and choppers. Just like I showed you the secrets of car development at Ferrari, I'll show how to make easy cash from property development.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
I think I'd rather sign for Marussia than endure your inanities brillo-head. Given you're such a self proclaimed expert it's a shame that the only category you missed out on was mental development.
JV   Jacques Villeneuve
Controversial Jacques is going to put his neck on the line and say that Michael has possibly underachieved in his return but F1 is going to be boring without super controversial guys like him and I. I hope he can find some direction in life after F1, like I did with my music career.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Spare me twathead, the only time I've ever failed to "find some direction" was when I missed your front suspension in Jerez. They might miss me but F1 can live without an arse whose idea of being controversial is trying to look like Kojak.

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