Not everyone had a seven times Formula 1 champion living just down the road. My wife is even closer as his house is right opposite where she works. In the Swiss tradition though, we let Schumi lead his life and don’t bother him if we stumble over him when shopping on a Saturday morning.
The news that he is now confirmed to come out of retirement after three years and once again race in Formula 1 was a very big surprise. Us locals had envisaged Shumi enjoying his retirement here along with a few of his predecessors. However we all really wish him the best of luck on his return to the track and hope he wins another title or two.
Why? Because he pays tax here and that is just wonderful for our little community. Since Shumi retired, the flowers in our round-a-bouts just haven’t been as abundant and stunning as they were when he was earning mega-bucks. You need to understand that here in Switzerland our governments have for a long time offered, well, let’s say financial incentives for the rich and famous to relocate to Switzerland.
For the rich, this is a good deal financially as well as socially as us Swiss are well used to living around actors, tennis players, Formula 1 drivers, rock musicians and any other sort of rich or famous celebrity. We just leave them alone, and happily accept their tax to make our roads, schools, gardens, kindergartens and bus services so much better. This is on top of the fact that they help reduce our own individual taxes. Not a bad deal all ways round.
So, go, go, go Schumi! Win every race and bring all your loot back home.