Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has announced his retirement from Formula One at the end of the season. You probably already know that (unless you’ve been living in a box), and you probably already know that it will mark the end of a brilliant career.
With the end in sight, you’d forgive Michael if he took his foot off the gas at these last races. Relaxed. Enjoyed the banter in the F1 paddock. Left a bit of margin on the racetrack. But if you thought that, you’d be very wrong indeed. Michael Schumacher wants to win as much as ever, as proven by his 10th place on the grid here in Korea. His laps in qualifying were as committed as ever.
But it doesn’t end there: every evening Michael has been spotted cycling the track with his trainer. Okay, there’s nothing else to do in Mokpo, but the word relaxation clearly doesn’t sit comfortably with Schumacher (which doesn’t bode well for his impending retirement!)
Michael ended the day 0.1s slower than his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has hit the headlines for different reasons this week.
“I came straight to Seoul after the Japanese Grand Prix,” says Nico, “and while I was there I met Gangnam himself. I couldn’t understand a word he was saying, but it was clear that he’s a born entertainer. It’s not a surprise to hear that his video is the most watched on You Tube ever. Tell you what, if I win on Sunday I’ll pull a few Gangnam moves on the podium.”
We’ll hold you to that, Nico.
However, you’ll have to beat pole-sitter Mark Webber to the top step of the podium. The Aussie took his first pole position since the Monaco Grand Prix today, and he’s confident that he’s starting far enough ahead of Romain Grosjean, with whom he had a clash Turn 1 crash last weekend.
“I think I’m far enough away from him,” says Mark. “Anyway, he knows I’ve got a good right hook…”