After the announcement he can't change his mind now? right?
I mean there aren't any rules, it just wouldn't be right from the moral side?
MS is like batman, always have a escape plan.
If you say your retired, or retiring, you sevre ties with that team in that driver role.
If you take a sabbatical, your leavng some sort of msg you may comeback with this team. When Hakkinen left f1, he did say sabbatical, and we spent 2002 wondering if he would return, so we didn't really get a full picture.
What seems certain is a 1 year break. There's no rules, and he used "perhaps forever". It all depends on the future, I think things like tyres, engine, personnel, rest, rules, witht these changes, MS knows he adapted to current f1, but current f1 along with the team he signed with was not what he expected. If f1 can change and the right team/car was available, I could see him return.
MS does like making his retirement speeches with races to go, in a way to kinda make a point, look I'm going away, but I'm fast and I'm always been fast, but unlike ferrari, he's more frustrated he can't show it in the merc car which is not even podium potential at times.
Michael did not publically lament ferrari or mercedes when things were not going right. If Michael made a switch to Sauber, it would say a few things, it would mean either he does not think mercedes can do a good car, or feed into the speculation hamilton 's 3 year deal was more attractive them MS sticking around for 1/2 years.
But with MS retiring, it means the team is not at fault, it's just I am wanting rest, and I did my best, I really think MS has done a awesome job in covering his thoughts on the potential of the team, just retire as soon as a team is not going to perform anytime soon, then do a surprise switch. No one expected him to leave ferrari and sign for mercedes.
"Once your out, your out for good", 2006 he went against what he said, and did come back, it's not somethiing everyone can do, but someone like him now, we know he can jump in and adapt, but as good as he is for his age, it 's the only real thing against him, if he thinks getting rest is better then riding around getting points for mercedes, it might be the best thing rather then do another year at mercedes with less potential for wins, getting rest.
But if he's a changed person, maybe he is going, he has changed. He remains unpredictable.
Edited by SeanValen, 07 October 2012 - 17:03.