Michael Schumacher says he had options to stay in F1 before he decided upon retirement – and adds that he has no firm plans for what he is going to do when he stops racing after the Brazilian GP.
“As I said I have been thinking since quite a while,” said Michael. “Obviously we had a three-year agreement, and already it was hard for me to keep the motivation and keep the energy and always go forward. With all that I have achieved it’s natural that you think about this a little bit more than maybe being young. In a way how things have developed, I’m actually very pleased.
“I’ve always been informed by the team, so I knew what was going on, and quite happy that things have developed in this direction, and I’m now free to join back my freedom that I had before.
“There is if anything relief. If I wanted to stay I had options to stay [in F1], but I didn’t really feel about it, quite honestly.”
Regarding his future, Michael said: “It was very clear what comes next, six races to go, and whatever comes afterwards we’ll see. There’s no point and need to find any decisions right now, and I do it exactly as I did the first time, although at that time I didn’t think there was a second time, but here we are, and it is just to finish and focus 200% on what I do, and then I’ll think about what I’m going to do next after that.
“There’s no more to say about this. I have options obviously, and you know some of the options, but whatever that will be we’ll decide when the time is there.”