Schumi to give up motorsport for good

Michael Schumacher has made it clear he will not be competing in any form of motorsport once he retires completely from Formula One at the end of the year.

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Schumacher announced a fortnight ago he would be bowing out of F1 for a second time once the current campaign draws to a conclusion in just over five weeks' time.

But unlike his sabbatical away from the sport over a three-year period from 2007-2009 when the 43-year-old took part in a number of bike events, notably the German superbike championship, he has no intention of doing something similar on this occasion.

Asked by Gazzetta dello Sport about racing in other series or events, Schumacher said: "No, it's not in my plans.

"Formula One offers the maximum as far as emotions, speed and work completeness are concerned.

"Another type of car wouldn't give me the same feelings. I'm stopping here completely."

Now Schumacher has made up his mind to stop, the German has admitted to a feeling of relief, and adamant there are no regrets despite his failed comeback over the last three years with Mercedes.

"From now on life will offer me plenty of new possibilities. I'm looking forward to them," said seven-times champion Schumacher.

"If I look into my life's rear-view mirror, I find myself happy and smiling.

"I've had two distinct careers: one where I won everything, and a second one where I discovered what losing means.

"Yes, I've learned how to lose, but this has made me more mature and more patient too, partly thanks to my age.

"Today I have to consider what I have done overall and I'm satisfied with myself."



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