Schumacher says he is not thinking of retiring

31st May 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2005, HAMBURG - World champion Michael Schumacher said in an interview on Tuesday that he has no intention of retiring, even though he is lying a distant eighth in the standings this year.

31 May 2005

HAMBURG - World champion Michael Schumacher said in an interview on Tuesday that he has no intention of retiring, even though he is lying a distant eighth in the standings this year.

The German told Bild newspaper: "I have said that I will stop when I can no longer compete with the young drivers. But I believe that I can still compete with the younger drivers. So, I will say this very clearly so that everybody understands: I am not thinking of retiring."

Although Schumacher is far behind the leading drivers, he is still enjoying his sport. "To be honest, as it is going at the moment, with plenty of challenges, I am enjoying it more than many would think."

The 36-year-old said he had no idea when he would retire. "My contract is till the end of next year. I have said before that I will only think about what I will be doing then, next year."

Schumacher for the first time speculated about reasons for Ferrari's disappointing show this season. "Possibly we have not managed to adapt as well as the other teams to the rule changes.

"But be assured, we have shown in previous years how good our team is. We will manage to get back to that. I am sure that we will still win races this year."

DPA

Subject: German news

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