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F1: Show over as Schumacher bids emotional farewell

Published on Nov 26, 2012 6:04 AM
German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on Nov 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. -- PHOTO : AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Michael Schumacher bade an emotional farewell to Formula One on Sunday after finishing seventh in his final race, the tumultuous season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

After 21 years, seven drivers' championship triumphs and 91 victories, the 43-year-old recovered from an early puncture to score points in his final outing with the Mercedes team.

In an incident-packed race, Schumacher fell to the back of the field in the opening laps but climbed to sixth before being passed by title-bound fellow-German, and good friend, Sebastian Vettel.

"I think it's a nice ending," he said. "I'm finishing off and he's (Vettel) clinching his third title. I'm very proud of him and he's a good friend of mine and let's see what happens in his future.

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