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Thu Apr 17 14:55:22 SAST 2014

Schumacher has no regrets on F1 comeback

Sapa-dpa | 26 August, 2012 13:270 Comments
F1 Grand Prix of Germany - Race
Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP walks to the drivers parade before the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany
Image by: Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Michael Schumacher has no regrets on his comeback to Formula One racing, although the seven-time world champion is still searching for a first victory since his return for the 2010 season.

Schumacher, 43, told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper he had never questioned his decision to return to the sport after a three-year absence.

“So far I have not regretted my comeback for a second. There have been a lot of good moments,” he was quoted as saying.

The last of Schumacher’s 91 grand prix victories came in China on October 1, 2006, then driving for Ferrari. Since returning in 2010 he has managed just one podium place with Mercedes, a third place this season in Valencia.

Schumacher said he would “find it a pity” if he did not win a race in his second spell in Formula One, but left his future open.

The German’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of this season, with Schumacher previously saying he would not take any decisions until October.

Schumacher also revealed that he did not drink alcohol for years “because I thought it was damaging and make me slower.”

Eventually he did drink a beer, “and realised I can still win!” 

Next Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher is set to start his 300th grand prix, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit where he raced his first grand prix, won his first grand prix and in 2011 celebrated his 20th anniversary in Formula One.

“This is my living room because so much has happened there and where I feel so much at home,” he said.

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