Ralf Schumacher has opted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Michael, and announce his retirement from competitive racing.
The ex-F1 driver has been racing in the DTM championship for the past five years with Mercedes and – despite being recently reconfirmed as part of the carmaker’s line-up for 2013 – has now opted to pursue a new adventure in team management within the category.
“I’ve been thinking a great deal about my future during the last few weeks and have reached the conclusion that I am better able to support the extensive changes at Mercedes-Benz in a management role than at the wheel,” the 37-year-old said.
"I am very grateful for more than two decades in professional motor racing and the last five years with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM. We have plenty of young, up-and-coming talent in our squad of drivers and I am happy to make way for them so that I can concentrate fully on my new responsibilities in the management team at RSC Mücke Motorsport."
A former winner of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and the Formula Nippon crown, Schumacher claimed six wins in a career spanning eleven years of competition in Formula 1 with the likes of Williams, Mercedes and Lotus.
After being unable to remain in Formula 1 beyond 2007, Schumacher took up a drive with Mercedes’ DTM operation, where he has remained ever since. Despite his occasional flashes of speed, the German has never show much in the way of consistent form, with his best finish being a second place at the Norisring.