Michael Schumacher Addresses Retirement Rumors: "You Cannot Get Rid of Me"

Andre LevesqueContributor ISeptember 30, 2010

SPA FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 26:  Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes listens to Michael Schumacher (R) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks as they attend the drivers press conference during previews to the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 26, 2010 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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During Michael Schumacher’s legendary career he has accomplished some staggering statistics; 91 grand prix victories, seven championships, 68 pole positions, 76 fastest laps and 1,415 points, all of which are records. However, one of Michael Schumacher's best traits may be his ability to handle tough questions. Over the weekend that’s exactly what the seven-time world champion did when he ended speculation about his future once and for all.

“You cannot get rid of me, let's put it this way,” Schumacher stated. He then went on to affirm his long-term commitment to winning with Mercedes: “Our goal is to win the championship, better earlier than later, but it is a process and we are not magic, so we trying to maximize our opportunity in deciding early to prepare for 2011.”

Speculation about the Mercedes driver’s future began to run rampant in recent weeks as Schumacher’s one-time team owner Eddie Jordan indicated he believed the Mercedes driver was becoming “disillusioned” with his comeback after being consistently outperformed by his teammate. Schumacher’s former managing director Flavio Briatore went further this week stating that he believed Schumacher realized that his return to the sport was a “huge mistake,” and that at 41 Schumacher simply “can’t keep up.”

Since the decision to return to Formula One after a three-year absence this season the seven-time world champion has faced many questions about his decision to return. However, in a few very short statements Schumacher finally put to rest any rumors about if he will be in the paddock next season.


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