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Ralf Schumacher To Leave Motorsport – Possibly For Yacht Racing

Ralf Schumacher looks set to bow out of competitive motorsport altogether, and start a new career around yacht racing according to an article in the Bild today.

The 33 year old, who left F1 at the end of 2007 after a largely fruitless F1 career with Williams and later Toyota, leading to him having just 6 race victories, went on to race in DTM in 2008.  His DTM career has been unsuccessful also, and it looks like he has little interest in a new contract for 2009.

“Nobody should be worried about me.Apart from race driving I have enough projects to keep me busy.” Schumacher told Bild

That project appears to be an entrance into yacht racing with his friend and boat builder Albert Drettman.

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4 responses

  1. schumacher the sailor man? can’t believe he didn’t fancy a shot at bikes.

    January 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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  3. Louis H

    “leading to him having just 6 race victories” This sentence underlines everything I hate about this sport.

    Stupid journalists and anti ralf schumacher posers : most opinions on ralf are just stupid and unobjective. Give him a break, he has had a succesfull racing carreer. 2008 was bad, but hey 6 victories !! and 29 podiums !! 6 pole positions….Just try listing all F1 drivers with such stats, you won’t found that many. Specially if you compare with 2008 drivers. Remember Montoya & Ralf @ williams ?? They were the best.

    Yet his carreer has always been compared with the most successful driver of F1 history, his brother. Sad, really…

    January 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  4. Louis H, I can see your point entirely there, and indeed I am not anti-Ralf at all, I think he was a good driver however made some mistakes. Yes, towards the end he was not doing fantastically well, but alongside Jarno Trulli in 2005 he proved that he could work very well indeed to a major points hall, and with Montoya in the Williams they mounted a very serious challenge to Ferrari.

    Ralf’s issue was that he never ended up in a truly great team. Williams and Toyota were good, but they aren’t Ferrari or McLaren and subsequently this will have harmed him. I was suprised never to see him behind the wheel of a McLaren actually, with the close links he and Michael have with Mercedes Benz.

    I take your points onboard, and thank you for your comments though.

    Rob – F1Fanatics

    January 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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