A majority of racing fans will still tune inMichael Schumacher
's retirement will have little impact on the popularity of Formula One in Germany according to sports channel DSF.
A poll of 500 men between the target-group ages of 14 and 49 found that for 67 per cent,
Schumacher's withdrawal has not significantly changed their interest in the sport.
For the men who reported a 'big' or 'very big' interest in Formula One, the percentage of those unaffected by Schumacher's new career rose to 78%.
"Michael's fans will miss Michael," Nick Heidfeld
told the newspaper Bild an Sonntag, "but I promise that without him Formula One is not going to be boring."