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Michael Schumacher may not have won another title but he will get a chance to bid Formula 1 adieu at the season-finale Brazilian Grand Prix – again.
The 43-year-old announced earlier this year that this would be final season in F1, and this time he would quit for good, marking an impoverished end to his comeback in what has been a decorated career
"Interlagos is the right place to round off my career because so much of the fascination of Formula 1 is rooted there,” Schumacher said. “For me, it’s also the circuit that brings back my memories of Ayrton (Senna).
“My departure from Formula 1 will probably be less emotional for me this time than in 2006, when we were still fighting for the championship and everything was much more intense,” he recalled. “This time round, I will be able to pay more attention to my farewell and hopefully savour it too.
“I have had fantastic years in Formula 1 and a lot of support from fans around the world, and I wish to particularly thank them for that. Of course, I would be happiest if I could say goodbye with a strong race, and I am sure we will be doing everything we can to make it happen," the German hoped.
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn paid tribute to the seven-time world champion’s “enduring commitment, passion and team spirit.”
“The results that we all hoped for over that period have not come to fruition, however the progress that our team has made has been significant, and I am confident that we will see the rewards in seasons to come,” Brawn said. “Having worked with Michael for the majority of the 21 seasons of his career, I feel that he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Formula 1 driver of all time, and we wish him the very best with his future plans.”