As it became increasingly apparent that the impatiently-awaited 'Monza Announcement' would bring news of Michael Schumacher's retirement, the thought occurred that either Ferrari were utterly certain that they would overhaul Fernando Alonso and bring Schumacher an eighth title, or the legendary German was even more daring than we had all thought.
Because despite his record-demolishing success over the past decade, if Schumacher was to walk away from Formula One having just lost his final shoot-out, he would be departing as a defeated man. It wouldn't be a triumphant farewell from a champion who could have gone on and on, but a symbolic ejection of the old hero in favour of a new - faster - generation of superstars, led by Fernando Alonso.
Now he's going, he has to go out on a high. Schumacher absolutely cannot lose this championship.