Michael Schumacher has confirmed that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.
The Mercedes driver, who has seven world championships to his name, will draw the curtain on his comeback, following his return to racing in 2010 after a three year break.
His time with Mercedes has been consistent, albeit unspectacular, failing to win a race, and only finishing on the podium once.
After Mercedes confirmed last Thursday that Lewis Hamilton will be joining Nico Rosberg at the team for 2013, it left Schumacher without a seat for 2013. There were rumours that he may join Sauber, or even have one final season with Ferrari. However, he has taken the decision to retire for a second time.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1′s David Croft, Schumacher said “When I retired in 2006, my batteries were empty. Now they’re in the red zone again. This time it’s for good.”
Regardless of his critics, this will bring to a close on of the greatest careers in Formula One history, and one can hope that he finishes with a flourish in 2012.