Speculation about Michael Schumacher's future is nothing new. In the wake of his leg-breaking shunt at Silverstone in 1999 many predicted his retirement; equally, whenever rumours of pregnancy surround wife Corinna, talk to turns to Schumacher The Family Man wishing to wind down his career.
When 2003 appeared to be going the way of a consistent Kimi Raikkonen rather than the German superstar, Schumacher's retirement was widely forecast. Now, of course, the 36-year old is the oldest driver on the grid, having since captured his sixth and seventh Championships, but, if anything, that age-related, yet rather meaningless statistic from a talent perspective, coupled with the German's worst full season in his illustrious 15-year career, has again fuelled retirement talk.
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