Michael Schumacher's retirement from Formula 1 is a big loss to the sport according to reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The seven-time champion announced on Thursday that he was leaving Formula 1 at the end of the year, in what is his second retirement following the first one in 2006.
Red Bull driver Vettel, who had said in the past that Schumacher was a childhood hero to him, admitted he would have preferred for Schumacher to continue racing.
"I think it's a big loss. It's a shame," said Vettel at Suzuka. "There's a lot of people who wanted him to continue, including myself.
"Hopefully he'll be around in some other function so that at least we get to see him from time to time."