Thursday, 14 September 2006

Micheal Schumacher is retiring...

It's official now, Micheal Schumacher, the greatest ever Formula 1 driver is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the current 2006 season.

Personally I feel that it isn't the right time for MSC to retire. With Alonso putting up his maximum effort possible and Raikonnen too busy to move his ass, Micheal would be the right person to put an end to Alonso's short stint of luck. I feel MSC must have retired at the end of next season; it would be perfect to finish with 9 championship titles rather than 7. But as a true MSC fan, I wouldn't want to see him retire at all.

I am no man to talk about MSC's records, but then the stats speak for themselves. This might be a huge cliché, but then he has re-written all the records on F1.

A short glimpse of his career record

1991 Makes debut with team Jordan
1992 Moves to Benetton ; Wins one race (Belgian)
1993 Wins one race (Portugal)
1994 Wins first ever World Championship title
1995 Wins second World Championship title ; becomes the youngest driver to win 2 titles on the trot
1996 Moves to Ferrari
1997 Disqualified for an unsportive move on eventual winner Jaques Villeneuve
1998 Wins 6 GPs
1999 Crashes into Stoves corner at the British GP ; Fractures Leg and is out of the title race ; Eventually finishes 5th in the season
2000 Wins 3rd World Championship title
2001 Wins 4th World Championship title
2002 Wins 5th World Championship title ; becomes the driver with the highest points at the end of a season in F1 history with 144/180 points.
2003 Wins 6th World Championship title ; surpasses Sir Alain Prost's record of 60 wins
2004 Wins 7th World Championship title
2005 Finishes 3rd in the season
2006 Placed 2nd in the points tally (as of Italian GP) with 108 points ; announces retirement from professional racing at the end of the Italian GP.

I started watching F1 in 1998, when a friend of mine told me that there's a brilliant chap in a red car racing like a mad fellow, I just had to watch him. It was none other than the great MSC. Some people feel that he has been the most unsportive driver in F1 history ever. Agreed, some incidents haven't been in a very sportive manner by MSC, but what about 2005?. This was the season when FIA (the governing body of F1) changed the whole format of points and Qualifying. Unluckily for MSC, Ferrari's cars that year weren't the best. And eventually MSC had to settle for the 3rd place in the season.

Every year, I get away from F1 action only with the thought that I would be able to see the greatest ever person to drive a F1 car, race the following season. But that would change this year. No more Fans Screaming MSC, no more MSC rulez flags in the grand stands, no more giant MSC flags from the Crowds, NO MORE MSC.

It's really hard to imagine F1 without the man who made you regard F1 as a sport. It's going to be so much harder for me not to see the shining red car screaming at it's highest pace with the greatest F1 driver ever, sitting behind the wheels.


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