Schumacher quits F1
Sunday September 10 2006
Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One at the end of the season, Ferrari revealed this evening.
The team issued two statements, one confirming Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa as drivers next season and another revealing the retirement of the sport's most successful driver.
Schumacher, who won today's Italian Grand Prix, will not necessarily leave Ferrari, with the team statement revealing a "new role" will be revealed shortly.
Schumacher said: "Words are not enough and whatever I could say now will never fully express how much I love this fascinating world of motorsport and all it has given me.
"From go-karting to Formula One I have lived through moments that I will never forget."
Schumacher's win today was his 90th in Formula One and brings him within two points of championship leader Fernando Alonso as he chases an unprecedented eighth world title.
A clearly emotional, but content Schumacher used the post-race press conference to talk to the media, and while the decision had been largely expected, there was still an air of disbelief at the retirement of the sports most decorated competitor.
"This is the last Monza race I'll do and at the end of this year I've decided with the team I'll retire from racing," Schumacher said.
"It has been an exceptional time the last thirty years of what motorsport has given to me - I've loved all the good and bad moments and they've made it so special."
The German driver also used the platform to thank all those who have helped him throughout his glittering carreer.
"I want to thank my family, my dad, mum, wife and kids all of whom have supported what I've been doing."
"Without their support to survive in this business and perform would be impossible. I can't be thankful to my family enough and to all my mates from the Benetton times and Ferrari days where I've made so many friends here and it's been a really tough decision to decide not to work together any more."
"One day, it has to come, and I feel this is the moment,"
"In terms of timing, I think it is right to give Felipe to find his place in the team and decide his future and there was no point for my decision to be taken any further as he's been doing such a good job for the team."