Schumacher rules out racing return

Tue, 18 December 2007, 12:49

Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher has ruled out a return to competitive racing despite winning the Race of Champions Nation Cup with countryman Sebastian Vettel and coming runner up in the individual competition.

The German demonstrated that he had lost none of his speed and determination as he set fastest lap after fastest lap around the tarmac of Wembley Stadium.

Despite storming through the rounds and narrowly losing out to Swedish DTM driver Mattias Ekstrom in the final of the Race of Champions, the 38-year-old admitted he was more interested in having fun then racing competitively.

“We came here to enjoy ourselves, to be here for a good reason: for the ICM charity and finally to race. We do this as good as we can and sometimes one is better than the others. We can all live with this because it’s not a championship so there’s no pressure,” said Schumacher.

Asked whether he would consider a return to competitive racing, the German replied quickly, “No,” but he didn’t rule out making a return to the Race of Champions competition next year.

“This is my first time racing after my retirement. In previous years if you race F1 you have a lot of pressure. You are determined and focused and at one stage, at this time of year, I just liked to switch off.

“In 2004 I could do it but normally after a season I’m just empty by the end of the year. Now it’s different so I’m open for fun events such as this. I hope I get an invitation next year!” said Schumacher.

Lawrence Barretto

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