Michael Schumacher is retiring from Formula One racing again — and this time, he says, "it might be forever."
Unable to duplicate the success of his prime, the seven-time F1 champion announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the season, bringing an end to the most decorated career the sport has seen.
Though Mercedes had announced last week that Schumacher would be replaced by Lewis Hamilton next season, there had been speculation the 43-year-old German could move to Sauber. He instead chose to end his career.
"Basically, I've decided to retire at the end of the year," Schumacher said at the Japanese Grand Prix. "Although I was able and am capable of competing with the best drivers that are around, at some point it's time to say goodbye, and this time it might be forever."
Schumacher holds the record for championships and grand prix wins, with 91. He began his career in 1991 and won two titles with Benetton, then five for Ferrari. He initially retired in 2006, but came back to drive for Mercedes in 2010. The comeback has not lived up to expectations, with just one podium finish.
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