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Schumacher out to enjoy farewell

Michael Schumacher's main goal entering his final Formula One race is to have some fun.

The seven-time world champion will bring the curtain down on F1's most successful career at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Schumacher retired for the first time after the 2006 season, when he came to the finale in Interlagos still fighting for the championship.

Out of contention this time, the 43-year-old German driver said he comes to the Brazilian GP looking to "just take the best out of it and enjoy it as much as I can".

"I guess I have some experience and that's why, probably, I'm rather relaxed about the happenings," Schumacher said.

"On top (of that), we are not in any championship fight compared to last time that happened to me."

Schumacher lost the title to Fernando Alonso in 2006, when he had already announced his retirement.

He was retiring while on top, but this time it's different. He has struggled throughout his three seasons with Mercedes since 2010, and is 15th in this year's drivers' standings.

Nobody can match Schumacher's seven titles, and he also is the F1 driver with most wins (91), most pole positions (68), most fastest laps (77) and most podium finishes (155). He is second in the numbers of races entered (307), behind former Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello.

How would Schumacher sum up his 19 seasons in F1?

"It was mostly 20 good years and lots of fun and lots of excitement," he said.


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