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Motorsport | Formula 1

Michael Schumacher © Gallo Images

F1 champ Schumacher prefers horses to horsepower



Formula One record world champion Michael Schumacher does not fancy the life of a motorsport television pundit and would rather help his wife Corinna breed horses.

The 44-year-old seven-time world champion, who retired at the end of last season, told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper Sunday he would not be involved in motor racing as a television commentator.

Travelling round the world following F1 as a TV expert is "not my thing," Schumacher said.

"First of all Formula One changes so quickly that even I am actually already a long way off. As a result it would be groping in the dark and that's not for me," he said.

"Secondly I would again be away from my family - I would be better off continuing to drive. That would be more fun."

After his comeback in 2010, Schumacher managed only one podium place with Mercedes in three years. Now he says he is enjoying his free time away from the sport.

"I have spent my time since January as I like best: a lot of time together with the family and being active. Being free and without any commitments is something I have really enjoyed."

Much of the time has been helping Corinna who breeds horses in Switzerland and on their ranch in the United States.

Schumacher has also been helping his wife market her successful range of horse blankets and has also been taking part in riding tournaments with her.

"I can say at the beginning I did it for Corinna's sake - but now it's more and more fun. It's like most things: the more you get involved the more interesting it becomes."

Schumacher says he will be watching Sunday's Australian Grand Prix - the first race of the season - on television at home.

"I think the season's going to be really tight," he said.Author: Barry Whelan

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