Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One after the season, announcing his decision yesterday moments after the seven-time world champion won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy.
The 37-year-old Ferrari driver, who holds every major record in the sport, will leave following the Brazilian Grand Prix Oct. 22.
``Soon my future will belong to my family," Schumacher said after his 90th career victory and fifth in Monza. ``But for now, what matters is this world championship."
Ferrari said it would announce a ``new role" for Schumacher at the end of the season. The German was composed during his news conference. That was not the case immediately after his victory in which he drew within 2 points of leader Fernando Alonso with three races left. Kimi Raikkonen, who was on the pole, finished second and Robert Kubica was third.
Schumacher's seven titles are two more than Juan Manuel Fangio's five. Schumacher won his first two titles with the Benetton team in 1994 and '95, then restored Ferrari to prominence with five consecutive championships from 2000-04.
IRL -- Sam Hornish Jr.'s strategy -- stay out of trouble and avoid mistakes -- worked to perfection as he claimed his third series title.
While Dan Wheldon beat Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon by 0.1897 seconds to win the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Hornish finished third, 0.2323 seconds behind. But he celebrated a championship.
Hornish and Wheldon finished the season with 475 points, but Hornish had four victories -- two more than Wheldon.