Michael Schumacher is preparing to bid farewell to F1 for a second time in Brazil
German hoping he can savour the moment at Interlagos
Last Updated: 20/11/12 1:23pm
Michael Schumacher is preparing to bid farewell to Formula 1 for a second time with this weekend's race in Brazil bringing an end to a remarkable and record-breaking career.
The most successful driver in the sport's history has been unable to replicate the dominance he enjoyed with Ferrari at the turn of the century, but there were the occasional flashes of the old Schumacher - notably his pole lap at Monaco this year.
Having been embroiled in a title battle with Fernando Alonso when he called time on his career for the first time in 2006, Schumacher is hoping he can enjoy the occasion in Brazil.
"Interlagos is the right place to round off my career because so much of the fascination of Formula 1 is rooted there," he 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.
"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."
Team Principal Ross Brawn was key to luring Schumacher out of retirement when Mercedes took control of his team in 2009, having helped guide the German his record-breaking seven titles.
"Having worked with Michael for the majority of the 21 seasons of his career, I feel that he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Formula One driver of all time, and we wish him the very best with his future plans," Brawn said. "It will be an emotional weekend for everyone in the team."
Those sentiments were echoed by team-mate Nico Rosberg, who partnered Schumacher throughout his comeback.
"The weekend will be a special one for our team as Michael is retiring after three years with us," the German said.
"I wish him all the best for the future and it was a great experience for me to race with and against him."