Sir Jackie Stewart: 'Michael Schumacher should have retired a while ago'

Stewart relieved at Schumacher retirement
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Sir Jackie Stewart believes that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher should have retired from Formula 1 a long time ago.

Sir Jackie Stewart believes that Michael Schumacher has made the right decision in retiring at the end of the season.

The seven-time Formula 1 champion made the announcement on Thursday, claiming that he lacked "the motivation and energy" to carry on.

"His reputation has already been affected by his unsuccessful return to the sport," Stewart told BBC Sport. "People will applaud the decision as it should have happened a while ago.

"The speculation within the whole F1 community has been that Michael should be retiring - and hopefully not for a short period this time.

"In a way I am sorry Michael came back. Recently he's had too many incidents."

Stewart won Formula 1 world titles in 1969, 1971 and 1973.

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