Michael Schumacher admitted that the world championship was ‘basically decided’ when his Ferrari engine erupted in smoke at Suzuka.
But, speaking with reporters in Japan before returning to his home in Switzerland on Sunday night, the German remained philosophical.
”We brought this championship back to life because earlier on it seemed like it was over. So we have to be proud of what we have done.”
Schumacher, to race his last ever grand prix in two weeks at Interlagos, said he would now turn his attention to helping Ferrari win the constructors’ championship. The Italian marque is nine points behind Renault.
He said: ”I don’t really believe in winning the (drivers’) championship anymore. Fernando only needs one point, which means he can drive slowly.
”To simply hope that someone cannot finish, is not what I like to do, honestly. So I would rather go to Brazil and give my best for the constructors’ championship, because at least we have a chance.
”It is not the end of the world, it is just racing.”