Schumacher retires with seventh-placed finish

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SUNDAY’S Brazilian Grand Prix will be long-remembered as the race that saw Sebastian Vettel claim his third world title, but it will also be remembered as the final Grand Prix in the career of the sport’s most-decorated world champion, Michael Schumacher.

Driving in his final Grand Prix, Schumacher showed he had lost none of the flair that he has displayed time and time again through his long career, bringing his Mercedes W03 car home in seventh position at the end of the rain-affected.

The German said: “What an exciting and eventful Grand Prix! Strangely enough, my last ever Formula One race began with a puncture which pushed me down the running order.

“But it’s always been my philosophy to never give up – there’s always a chance, you just have to keep going and seize it when it comes.

“It’s a strange sort of coincidence that I’ve ended my Formula One career now in P7, which was my first ever qualifying result at Spa-Francorchamps 308 races ago.

“It also occurs to me that I was driving with the number seven on my car today and that I have seven world championship trophies in my cabinet.”

The multiple world champion also paid tribute to Vettel’s triumph, adding: “Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel on claiming his third world title in a row.

“I’m very proud of Sebastian and really thrilled for him. As early as the first lap, I suddenly found him blocking the track facing the wrong way, but then the two of us both staged great comebacks in the race.”

For more on Schumacher’s retirement and the Brazilian Grand Prix, see Friday’s Advertiser and Review.