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Michael Schumacher may have retired from Formula 1 but he won’t be hanging up his racing overalls at least until the end of 2013, indicated the former Mercedes driver.
Scheduled to make an appearance at the Race of Champions at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium later in the month in an attempt to win his sixth straight Nations Cup, the 43-year-old hinted that the event won’t be his last.
“I’m very much looking forward to racing with my old mate Seb for another repeat of our title,” Schumacher told ROC’s official preview podcast referring to his alliance with compatriot Sebastian Vettel which has brought Team Germany five consecutive Nations Cup triumphs.
“But my lucky number is actually number seven. So we’ve got to do this and then the one after. That would be the ultimate,” said the seven-time F1 champion. “Obviously this means I’m not retiring from the Race of Champions yet.
“I could have retired from it by the end of this year, but I don’t want to. It’s too much fun. And as long as I’m still a bit competitive in it, why not?” he reasoned.
Vettel too hopes that the partnership will continue beyond 2012.
“We obviously want to win our sixth ROC Nations Cup but I think Michael will stick with me in the future because we’ve got to get at least seven. It’s a lucky number for him, so that’s the big number we have to achieve,” said the Red Bull driver.