Schumacher: 'I don't regret returning to F1'

Mercedes AMG F1 Team

27 August 2012 by Ryan Wood

Michael Schumacher is adamant that he doesn't regret returning to Formula 1 for a second bite of the cherry, despite what many consider to be a poor set of results.

The seven-time world champion will start his 300th race this coming weekend in Belgium. He's only the second man to join the 300 club alongside former team-mate and bitter rival Rubens Barrichello.

"Where do you stop? And when? It's interesting that it is always first times at Spa, the first win, the first title, but also controversial situations," Schumacher told Bild.

Whilst he's broken nearly every record and become the most successful F1 driver ever during the past two decades, his most recent seasons, during his comeback, have been underwhelming with a third place at the European GP this year his only podium.

Despite this, the 43-year-old has no regrets about returning.

"So far I have not regretted my comeback for a second. There have been a lot of good moments, even if to the outside it hasn't appeared so."

Whilst his future remains unclear and any hopes of winning a title with Mercedes this season have evaporated, Schumacher is keen to spring a few surprises before the end of the year.

"As for this year, we don't need to talk about the championship," he added. "And where the journey goes next year is not yet clear. I still hope this year we can still put in one or two [outstanding] performances. Perhaps we'll have another wet race?"

Note: Whilst Mercedes and Schumacher are celebrating the Belgian GP as his 300th race, it will actually only be his 299th start after he failed to start the 1996 French Grand Prix due to engine failure on the formation lap.