5 Oct 2012

Schumacher to retire at season's end

11:44 am on 5 October 2012

Michael Schumacher will be retiring at the end of the current Formula One motor racing season, ending a brilliant career after a less-than-successful comeback.

The 43-year-old seven-time world champion, who had quit the sport in 2006 before returning two years ago, says he's decided to call time on racing after last week's announcement that McLaren's Lewis Hamilton would be moving to Schumacher's Mercedes team next year.

The German great made the announcement at an emotional media conference in Suzuka, where the Japanese Grand Prix will be held on Sunday.