Monday, October 23, 2006

My Idol Finally Retires

After fifteen years in the Formula 1 circuit, Michael Schumacher has finally retired. He first entered the F1 scene in 1991, a replacement driver for the Jordan team. We was quickly signed by the Benetton Team. Schumey gave Benetton two titles, 1994 and 1995. He then tranferred to Scuderia Ferrari. He then turned Ferrari's title drought into a stunning five-year reign.

Schumey dominated Formula 1 from 2000 - 2004 giving him a record seven world titles. All good things must come to an end. Today he drove his last race at the Inter Lagos in Brazil. He finished fourth after falling to twentieth place when carbonfiber debris from an earlier mishap shredded his left rear tire. He has a record 91 Grand Prix victories, 154 podium finishes, 68 pole positions and all these are from 244 starts.

I will sorely miss watching him race. I have followed his career and have collected items about him. But what I cherish most is his Millennium Championship Cap. I know I'm only one of his many fans. We all celebrate his wins and grieve his loses. The man simply is the best and it would be quite a while before anyone comes close to his achievements.

So now, I bid my idol Godspeed. I raise a glass to the greatest driver there ever was.