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    Michael Schumacher comments on Fernando Alonso

    thanks to f1-live.com

    Michael Schumacher has admitted for the first time that the ascendancy of reigning world champion Fernando Alonso contributed to his decision to retire.

    At the height of his championship reign earlier this decade, the seven time world champion repeatedly declared that the right time to stop will be when a younger driver starts to regularly beat him.

    38-year-old Schumacher told the Spanish language magazine Gentleman this week that he decided to call it a day at the end of 2006 principally because he detected his dedication to the sport beginning to slip.

    He added: "And I always said that the day a younger driver went past me would tell me that the moment had arrived to leave.
    "

    Schumacher also revealed that he sympathises with his 2006 championship rival, as Alonso now endures a somewhat negative relationship with the media.

    "I have been astonished by the commentaries of certain journalists," the German said.

    "This person is the youngest double world champion of all time, but they write that he is arrogant and inaccessible ..."



    Here is the link for those who want to check:


    http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070906092443.shtml

    Re: Michael Schumacher comments on Fernando Alonso

    well he is not much of a driver as most are finally realizing by his immative behaviour this year

    Re: Michael Schumacher comments on Fernando Alonso

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    ed_moree said:
    thanks to f1-live.com

    Michael Schumacher has admitted for the first time that the ascendancy of reigning world champion Fernando Alonso contributed to his decision to retire.

    At the height of his championship reign earlier this decade, the seven time world champion repeatedly declared that the right time to stop will be when a younger driver starts to regularly beat him.

    38-year-old Schumacher told the Spanish language magazine Gentleman this week that he decided to call it a day at the end of 2006 principally because he detected his dedication to the sport beginning to slip.

    He added: "And I always said that the day a younger driver went past me would tell me that the moment had arrived to leave.
    "

    Schumacher also revealed that he sympathises with his 2006 championship rival, as Alonso now endures a somewhat negative relationship with the media.

    "I have been astonished by the commentaries of certain journalists," the German said.

    "This person is the youngest double world champion of all time, but they write that he is arrogant and inaccessible ..."



    Here is the link for those who want to check:


    http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070906092443.shtml



    Isn't it commonly known that he's arrogant and inaccessible?

    Re: Michael Schumacher comments on Fernando Alonso

    Too many former champions didn't know when to quit. They either died behind the wheel or drifted off to mediocre rides. At least Schumacher knew when it wasn't fun any more.

    Re: Michael Schumacher comments on Fernando Alonso

    I think Schumacher's being nice. He would have been more worried this year about Hamilton and Kimi when he is on form (on speed I think Kimi is right up there with MS, but not on consistency or commitment) than he ever appeared to have been by Alonso. Think back to 2005 and it seemed very likely Kimi was going to be WC but he suffered poor reliability. Ferrari was not in the game that year at all.
    Last year, Alonso really didnt have much answer for Schumacher on several occasions but Schumi's engine blow up decided the championship.

     
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