Poll: Did Michael Schumacher retire too soon?

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2006Michael Schumacher has topped the testing times for a second consecutive day at the Circuit de Catalunya this week. On the face of it, the seven times champion has lost none of his speed.

Was he wrong to retire from F1 last year?

This poll is closed. Results were as follows:

Yes: 197 (61%)
No: 127 (39%

324 votes cast.

There has long been a suspicion that Michael Schumacher retired earlier than he wanted to because Luca di Montezemolo had signed Kimi Raikkonen. Could Schumacher have beaten Raikkonen if they had been team mates this year – and become champion for an eighth time?

Or, as I suggested in this article, had he seen the writing on the wall long before and picked the right moment to stop?

Could he follow in the footsteps of Niki Lauda, Alan Jones and Nigel Mansell by making a comeback? If so, who would he join?

I know it’s about as likely as me finding I have a talent for rugby, but I’d love to see him at McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2008.

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