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Schumacher rules out a Formula One comeback

Michael Schumacher has ruled out a return to Formula One after many ex-drivers hinted that he won’t be able to stay away for long.

As many believe that Michael Schumacher forced a retirement just that Ferrari could sign Kimi Raikkonen, the general opinion is that the seven times World Champion will take a one year break rather than a full-time retirement

Schumacher wanted to infirm those rumors and has told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the pace of development in Formula One would make a return impossible.

"Formula One is always changing," he said to the German newspaper. "The technology, the engines, the rules, the circuits - they are always changing. Once you’re out of Formula One, you’re out for good."

Schumacher will still probably continue to be involved in Ferrari’s Formula One campaign as ’super assistant’ to Ferrari CEO Jean Todt, and he will probably have the option to drive the team’s F1 cars in testing, especially at its Fiorano facility.

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I hope he means it. There is no doubt that he is good enough to continue but at some point you have to call it a day. For what it`s worth I do think that Schumacher`s hand was forced and Luca di Montezemelo forced it.

I think Michael would have raced for another year but only on his terms. Ferrari on the other hand wanted to secure Raikkonen on a longer term contract and there was no way that he would join as Schumacher`s wingman.

Willi Weber`s comments and Schumacher`s demeanour to the Ferrari President after his result in Monza said it all.

I think that Ferrari will use his input in testing as there are question marks about Raikkonen`s ability to develop cars.
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Good point

I can see that happening. Ferrari have to shore up a good, long term driver/wingman team.

It's worked so well in the past


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