Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher, set to retire at the end of the year, could turn to western riding.
The 43-year-old seven-time world champion says he will be retiring completely from racing.
He told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in an interview on Thursday that his wife, Corinna, a keen horsewoman, had suggested western riding as a retirement option.
“I’m thinking of getting involved in western riding competitions,” declared the German, reportedly with a smile.
“Corinna, who has been doing these events for years, has already chosen the right horse for me. I’ll give it a try …”
He is a fan of cowboy shirts and boots, and already owns a farm in Switzerland.
Schumacher, who drives for Mercedes, confirmed in the interview that he was stopping completely from racing of any description. “Another type of car wouldn’t give me the same feelings. I’m stopping here completely,” he said.
It will be his second retirement from motor sport.
During his first retirement from Formula One, from 2007-2009, he took part in several bike events, notably the German superbike championship.
Schumacher said life offered plenty of new possibilities and he was looking forward to them.
“I’ve had two distinct careers: one where I won everything, and a second one where I discovered what losing means.”