I just watched the Italian Grand Prix, which was won by Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari. It will be his last win at Monza, as he announced in the driver interviews after the race that he will be retiring at the end of this season. The decision has been expected for quite some time, but it’s still kind of shocking to hear him say it. He’s by far the most successful driver in Formula 1 history. Some people love him, some people hate him, but I think everyone respects him. He’s done so much for the sport, and it’s hard to argue with the records and accolades he has achieved. He holds just about every record there is, except for the most starts (he’s about 7 races behind).
With the win today, Schumi is just 2 points behind Fernando Alonso in the drivers championship with three races left. Should Michael finish ahead of Alonso, it would be his eighth championship. He has always been focused and driven by the challenge of winning, and he reiterated as much today. He made it very clear he is focused on winning the championship and leaving his sport on a high.
Who will replace Schumi now? Speculation is that it will be Kimi Raikkonen, but Ferrari has yet to announce anything. To be perfectly clear, no one can replace Michael Schumacher. Someone will drive his car, yes, but no one can replace Formula 1’s greatest driver ever.
I am sure there will be more to come on this story over the next few weeks. I’m glad Schumi is leaving on a high, but I’m still sad to see him go.