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Michael Schumacher’s Return from Retirement Did not Provide Top Notch Finishes

December 28th, 2012 at 9:35 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Michael Schumacher retired after the 2006 Formula One season as arguably the best driver ever in the history of the series. He had won seven World Championships including five straight from 2000 to 2004 and had 91 wins out of 248 races.

In 2010 he decided to make a comeback from retirement. In three seasons with Mercedes, Schumacher only could muster one podium finish in the 58 races. It was not a spectacular return for one of the best drivers in Formula One history who had unimaginable success with Benetton from 1991 to1995 and Ferrari from 1996 to 2006.

'schumi1' photo (c) 2005, Paul Williams - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

He won two championships in 1994 and 1995 for Benetton and also won a total of 19 races with the team. Then he moved to Ferrari in 1996 and finished third in the Championship but did win three races which was more than Ferrari had won between 1991 and 1995. In 1997 Schumacher was leading the points entering the final race but ended up having a mechanical problem and then tried to wreck his championship rival Jacques Villeneuve which ultimately led to him being disqualified from the driver's championship. In 1998 Schumacher would finish second in the points with six wins and then in 1999 he crashed and broke his leg in the eighth race. He was only able to compete in nine of the 16 races but still finished fifth in the points.

That led to his dominance from 2000 to 2004. He won 48 of the 85 races and all five championships. In 2002 he scored podiums in all 17 races and had a1.4 average finish. In 2004 he won 13 of the 18 races. Those two feats are amazing to think about. In 2005 he only won once and finished third in points and then in his final season before retiring, for the first time, Schumacher won seven times and was runner-up for the championship.

Those seasons with Ferrari were something special but now that a 43-year old Schumacher had left Mercedes for his second retirement, Ferrari says they have no plans to bring him back.

"That will not happen," Ferrari team president Luca di Montezemolo said. "It is a pity he did not win another race (in his comeback), nevertheless it was right of him to retire now."
 
Schumacher may have competed in his last F1 race but one thing is for sure and that is that he will go down in history as one of the best if the not the best. His comeback was not what he wanted as far as the results are concerned but in noway does that take away from the fantastic career he had.
Tags: Benetton, ferrari, Formula One, Mercedes, Michael Schumacher, Motorsports

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