Kid to Leave the Picture: Michael Schumacher Announces Retirement

Say what you will about Formula One racing these days — the tooth-and-nail fighting for position, the swiping and sniping, the bump and run (and that's just in the front office) — but future racing historians will remember Michael Schumacher as one of the sport's premier drivers and savior of the Ferrari Grand Prix mojo. Today at Monza, after effectively capping a career's worth of achievements with his 90th win, Schumacher — as expected — announced he'll be retiring from Formula One after this season. The 37-year-old has already beaten Aryton Senna's record for pole positions (65) and has won nearly double the number of races as the next winningest F1 racer, Alain Prost. What's next? Did someone say rally?

Formula One: For Schumacher, time to go [The International Herald Tribune]

Michael Schumacher announces his retirement [Axis of Oversteer]

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