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Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher sk.jpg
Nationality Germany German
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Mercedes GP
Car # 3
Races 251 (250 starts)
Championships 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Wins 91
Podiums 154
Career points 1,377
Pole positions 68
Fastest laps 76
First race 1991 Belgian Grand Prix
First win 1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
2006 position 2nd (121 pts)
.Michael Schumacher (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪçaʔeːl ˈʃuːmaxɐ]  ( listen); born 3 January 1969) is a Formula One racing driver, currently driving for Mercedes GP.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Michael Schumacher , born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim, Germany, is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion.
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^ CONFIRMED: Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes GP! .
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.He is a seven-time World Champion and according to the official Formula One website is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen";[1] he holds many of the formula's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season - 2004.^ JPM (holds most records for GP fastest lap i think) for driver and mclarren or bmw for constructor.
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^ According to the official Formula One web site, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.
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^ Monza, Italy - Speculation over the future of seven-time Formula One motor-racing world champion Michael Schumacher has been rife all season.

.In 2002 he became the only driver in the sport to complete an entire season finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all races.^ Towards the end of 1990 he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship , gaining a victory at the season finale at the Mexico City in a Sauber - Mercedes C11 and finishing fifth in the drivers championship.
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^ Wet conditions are often thought of as the great equaliser in Formula One racing, where driver skills trump all else.
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^ Schumacher also broke Nigel Mansell 's and his own record of nine race wins in a season, scoring 11 and finishing every race on the podium.
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.After beginning with go-karts, Schumacher won German drivers championships in Formula König and Formula Three, before joining Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship.^ Michael Schumacher is a German man and a 7- time World Formula 1 Champion!
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^ From 1984 Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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^ Schumacher became the first German to win the Formula One world championship.
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.After one Mercedes-funded race for the Jordan Formula One team, Schumacher signed as a driver for the Benetton Formula One team in 1991. After winning consecutive championships with Benetton in 1994/5, Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000–2004. Schumacher retired from Formula One driving in 2006, staying with Ferrari as an advisor.^ Ferrari had not won the Drivers' Championship since Jody Scheckter in 1979.
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^ In 1995, Schumacher stayed with Benetton .
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^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

[2] After an aborted attempted comeback for Ferrari as cover for the injured Felipe Massa, Schumacher signed a 3 year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team in 2009.[3][4][5]
.Schumacher is the only German to have won the Formula One championship (Jochen Rindt raced under the Austrian flag), and is credited with popularizing the sport in Germany.^ Jochen Rindt , who was born in Germany, also won the Formula 1 World Championship, but he raced under the Austrian flag.
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^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Schumacher became the first German to win the Formula One world championship.
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[6] .His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in the 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez.^ Schumacher has twice been involved in collisions which determined the outcome of the world championship.
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^ Towards the end of 1990 he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship , gaining a victory at the season finale at the Mexico City in a Sauber - Mercedes C11 and finishing fifth in the drivers championship.
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^ Schumacher won his first Drivers' World Championship in 1994 while driving for Benetton in a controversial season marred by allegations of cheating and the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola .
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[7]
.Off the track, Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety.^ The Benetton-Ford B194 was the car that helped Michael Schumacher win his first Drivers' World Championship, admittedly in controversial circumstances when he nerfed Damon Hill off the track in Adelaide.
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^ We have added a new set of pictures from the event 'Michael Schumacher and Ferrari test driver Italian Luca Badoer on a Kart Track'.

^ Schumacher ran off track in the first race and was involved in collisions in the following two and fell 13 points behind Kimi Raikkonen .
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He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity.[8] .Michael and his younger brother Ralf Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001, and again in 2003.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Schumacher and Barrichello finished 9 of the 17 races in the first two places.
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^ Schumacher's brother Ralf is also a Formula One driver.
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Contents

Early years

Schumacher's title-winning German Formula Three car from 1990
.Schumacher was born in Hürth-Hermülheim, West Germany,[9] to Rolf Schumacher, a bricklayer, and his wife Elisabeth.^ Schumacher is the son of Rolf, a bricklayer who ran the local kart track in Kerpen for a second job.
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^ Michael Schumacher , born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim, Germany, is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion.
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^ Hürth Hermülheim, Germany .
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.When Schumacher was four, his father modified his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle engine.^ It was nothing more than a pedal-kart that had been fitted with a small motorcycle engine.
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^ He began kart racing at the age of four, using a homemade kart built by his father.
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.When Schumacher crashed it into a lamp post in Kerpen, his parents took him to the karting track at Kerpen-Horrem, where he became the youngest member of the karting club.^ At the post race press conference, Schumacher broke into tears when asked about his feelings on equalling his idol Ayrton Senna 's record of 41 race wins.
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^ Schumacher is the son of Rolf, a bricklayer who ran the local kart track in Kerpen for a second job.
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.His father soon built him a kart from discarded parts and at the age of six Schumacher won his first club championship.^ He quickly mastered the vehicle, winning his first kart championship at the age of six.
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^ Schumacher won his first Drivers' World Championship in 1994 while driving for Benetton in a controversial season marred by allegations of cheating and the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola .
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^ In 2000 Schumacher won his third World Championship after a hard-fought year-long battle with Mika Hakkinen .
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.To support his son's racing, Rolf Schumacher took on a second job renting and repairing karts, while his wife worked at the track's canteen.^ Schumacher is the son of Rolf, a bricklayer who ran the local kart track in Kerpen for a second job.
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^ Schumacher pitted and consequently fell to the 19th position and 70 seconds off team mate and race leader Felipe Massa .
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.Nevertheless, when Schumacher needed a new engine costing 800 DM (600 €), his parents were unable to afford it; Michael was able to continue racing with support from local businessmen.^ Should Michael Schumacher continue?

^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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[10]
Regulations in Germany require a driver to be at least 14 years old to obtain a kart license. To get around this, Schumacher obtained a license in Luxembourg at the age of 12.[11]
.In 1983, he obtained his German license, a year after he won the German Junior Kart Championship.^ In 2000 Schumacher won his third World Championship after a hard-fought year-long battle with Mika Hakkinen .
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^ From 1984 Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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.From 1984 on, Schumacher won many German and European kart championships.^ From 1984 Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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^ At the 1997 European Grand Prix at Jerez , the last race of the season, Schumacher led Jacques Villeneuve by one point in the Drivers' Championship.
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^ In 2000 Schumacher won his third World Championship after a hard-fought year-long battle with Mika Hakkinen .
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.He joined Eurokart dealer Adolf Neubert in 1985 and by 1987 he was the German and European kart champion, then he quit school and began working as a mechanic.^ By 1987 he was the German and European kart champion, at which point he withdrew from school and began working as a mechanic.
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^ From 1984 Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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.In 1988 he made his first step into single-seat car racing by participating in the German Formula Ford and Formula König series, winning the latter.^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ Going into the 1994 Australian Grand Prix , the final race of the 1994 season, Schumacher led Damon Hill by a single point in the Drivers' Championship.
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^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

[12]
.In 1989, Schumacher signed with Willi Weber's WTS Formula 3 team.^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher will stay at Ferrari and not move elsewhere if he decides to continue his illustrious Formula One racing career beyond the season, his manager, Willi Weber, said on Tuesday.

^ Hamburg - Ferrari general director Jean Todt believes Michael Schumacher should consider the position of team principal at the Italian Formula One team.

^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher's future role at the Ferrari Formula One team will be revealed on Sunday, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said on Saturday.

.Funded by Weber, he competed in the German Formula 3 series, winning the title in 1990. At the end of 1990, along with his Formula 3 rivals Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger, he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the World Sports-Prototype Championship.^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ Schumacher became the first German to win the Formula One world championship.
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^ He is the first German to win the F1 World championship.
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.This was unusual for a young driver: most of Schumacher's contemporaries would compete in Formula 3000 on the way to Formula One.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Schumacher's brother Ralf is also a Formula One driver.
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^ Schumacher confirms he is to retire from Formula One .

.However, Weber advised Schumacher that being exposed to professional press conferences and driving powerful cars in long distance races would help his career.^ Weber advises Schumacher to end career .

^ Schumacher's racing career.
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^ Schumacher confirmed his retirement in the post-race press conference.
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[11] .Schumacher gained victory at the season finale at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in a Sauber-Mercedes C11 and finished fifth in the drivers' championship.^ Towards the end of 1990 he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship , gaining a victory at the season finale at the Mexico City in a Sauber - Mercedes C11 and finishing fifth in the drivers championship.
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^ In 1996 Schumacher finished third in the Drivers' Championship.
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^ Schumacher won his first Drivers' World Championship in 1994 while driving for Benetton in a controversial season marred by allegations of cheating and the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola .
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.He continued with the team in the 1991 World Sportscar Championship season, winning again at the final race of the season at Autopolis in Japan with a Sauber-Mercedes-Benz C291, leading to a ninth place finish in the drivers championship.^ Towards the end of 1990 he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship , gaining a victory at the season finale at the Mexico City in a Sauber - Mercedes C11 and finishing fifth in the drivers championship.
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^ He continued with the team into the 1991 World Sportscar Championship season, winning again at the season finale at Autopolis in Japan with a Sauber - Mercedes C291 , leading to a ninth place finish in the drivers championship.
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^ Schumacher finished the 1991 season with four points in six races.
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He also competed at Le Mans during that season, finishing 5th in a car shared with Karl Wendlinger and Fritz Kreutzpointner. .In 1991, he competed in one race in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, finishing second.^ He also briefly competed in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and the DTM in the early 1990s.
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^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ Wet conditions are often thought of as the great equaliser in Formula One racing, where driver skills trump all else.
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Formula One career

Overview

.Schumacher was noted throughout his career for his ability to produce fast laps at crucial moments in a race, to push his car to the very limit for sustained periods.^ Schumacher's racing career.
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^ Schumacher was noted throughout his career for his ability to produce fast laps at crucial moments in a race, his ability to push his car to the very limit, and for his driving abilities in wet conditions.
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^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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[13] .Motor sport author Christopher Hilton observed in 2003 that "A measure of a driver's capabilities is his performance in wet races, because the most delicate car control and sensitivity are needed," and noted that like other great drivers, Schumacher's record in wet conditions shows very few mistakes: up to the end of the 2003 season, Schumacher won 17 of the 30 races in wet conditions he contested.^ Motor sports is very dangerous.
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^ Schumacher won the first three races of the season, and five of the first eight.
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^ Towards the end of 1990 he joined the Mercedes junior racing programme in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship , gaining a victory at the season finale at the Mexico City in a Sauber - Mercedes C11 and finishing fifth in the drivers championship.
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[14] .Some of Schumacher's best performances occurred in such conditions, earning him the nicknames "Regenkönig" (rain king)[15] or "Regenmeister" (rain master).^ The work is actually extremely difficult to perform well, and although I was very careful to give copies of the score to only the best performers, the work was in such demand that some musicians actually tried to perform it simply after reading some of the more sensational newspaper reviews.
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^ "The most important thing first: thank God, all news concerning Felipe is positive, and I wish him all the best again," said Schumacher on his official website .
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[13][16] , even in the non-German language media. .He is known as "the Red Baron", because of his red Ferrari and in reference to the German Manfred von Richthofen, the famous flying ace of World War I.^ He is also referred to as the Red Baron, because of his red Ferrari, and in reference to the German Manfred von Richthofen, the famous flying ace of World War I. He is also nicknamed "Schumi", "Schuey" and "Schu".
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^ But a request from Ferrari brought the German Ace back to the sport.
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.Schumacher's nicknames include "Schumi",[17] "Schuey"[18] and "Schu".[19] Schumacher is often credited with popularising Formula One in Germany, where it was formerly considered a fringe sport.^ Hockenheim, Germany - Michael Schumacher has no illusions as he enters the latest edition of the German Formula One Grand Prix.

^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ What do you think of Schumacher's sensational return to Formula One?
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[6] .When Schumacher retired in 2006, three of the top ten drivers were German, more than any other nationality and more than have ever been present in Formula One history.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ On September 10 2006 , Schumacher announced his retirement as a driver.
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^ In 2006, three of the top ten drivers were German, more than any other nationality and more than has ever been present in Formula One history.
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.Younger German drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, felt Schumacher was key in their becoming Formula One drivers.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Michael Schumacher returns to Formula One.

^ Schumacher confirms he is to retire from Formula One .

[20] .In the latter part of his Formula One career, and as one of the senior drivers, Schumacher was the president of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Background: 2006 Formula One Grand Prix season .

^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

[21] .In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ In a 2006 FIA survey Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver with F1 fans.
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^ Background: 2006 Formula One Grand Prix season .

[22]

Debut

Schumacher testing the Jordan 191.
.Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, driving car number 32 as a replacement for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Background: 2006 Formula One Grand Prix season .

^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

.Schumacher, still a contracted Mercedes driver, was signed by Eddie Jordan after Mercedes paid Jordan $150,000 for his debut.^ The report says that Schumacher, who will turn 41 in January, signed a one-year deal for the 2010 season worth seven million euros, adding that the contract was signed on Tuesday at Mercedes’ headquarters in Brackley, England.
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^ CONFIRMED: Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes GP! .
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[23] .The week before the race, Schumacher impressed Jordan designer Gary Anderson and team manager Trevor Foster during a test drive at Silverstone.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Silverstone, Britain - Although he appears to be further away from retaining his title than ever before World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is not giving up.

^ Budapest (dpa) - Even though Michael Schumacher is as optimistic as never before this season, he has been warned by Renault team principal Flavio Briatore.

.His manager Willi Weber assured Jordan that Schumacher knew the challenging Spa track well, although in fact he had only seen it as a spectator.^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has made a 'difficult' decision on his future, his manager Willi Weber told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa Thursday.

^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher will stay at Ferrari and not move elsewhere if he decides to continue his illustrious Formula One racing career beyond the season, his manager, Willi Weber, said on Tuesday.

^ Suzuka, Japan - Although he managed only second place in Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was all smiles afterwards.

.During the race weekend, team-mate Andrea de Cesaris was meant to show Schumacher the circuit but was held up with contract negotiations.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Magny-Cours, France - Michael Schumacher finished ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa as Ferrari spoilt the show for Renault in the qualifying session for the French Grand Prix on Saturday.

^ Hockenheim, Germany - Ticket sales for this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim are up on last year despite top draw Michael Schumacher's disappointing season to date, a circuit spokesman said Monday.

Schumacher then learned the track on his own, by cycling around the track on a fold-up bike he had brought with him.[24] He impressed the paddock by qualifying seventh in this race. .This matched the team's season-best grid position, and out-qualified 11-year veteran de Cesaris.^ After BMW announced that the car brand will be pulling out of the motorsport competition next year, the brand decided to sell its team back to Sauber .
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.Motorsport journalist Joe Saward reported that after qualifying "clumps of German journalists were talking about 'the best talent since Stefan Bellof'".[25] Schumacher retired on the first lap of the race with clutch problems.^ Furthermore his race in Brazil in 2006 showed that he was unequalled in his era as a driving talent- the best driving (and heroic failure) I've seen in F1 since Jim Clark in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix.
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^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

[26]

Benetton

.After his debut, and despite Jordan's signed agreement in principle with Schumacher's Mercedes management for the remainder of the season, Schumacher was signed by Benetton-Ford for the following race.^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher will stay at Ferrari and not move elsewhere if he decides to continue his illustrious Formula One racing career beyond the season, his manager, Willi Weber, said on Tuesday.

^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

.Jordan applied for an injunction in the UK courts to prevent Schumacher driving for Benetton, but lost the case as they had not yet signed a contract.^ Within hours of the race the Benetton team were in contact; within days they had signed him up.
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[27] .Schumacher finished the 1991 season with four points out of six races.^ At the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, Schumacher drove superbly to finish in fifth, another incredible result.
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^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

.His best finish was fifth in his second race, the Italian Grand Prix, in which he finished ahead of his team-mate and three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ FORMULA ONE: Nelson Piquet Jnr's leaked statement: I was under team orders from Renault chiefs to crash September 16, 2009 - September 18, 2009 .
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^ Michael has competed in 250 Grand Prix races, winning 91 of them, and started in pole on 68 occasions.
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.At the start of the 1992 season the Sauber team, planning their Formula One debut with Mercedes backing for the following year, invoked a clause in Schumacher's contract which stated that if Mercedes entered Formula One, Schumacher would drive for them.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

^ Schumacher enjoying life outside Formula One as season set to start .

.It was eventually agreed that Schumacher would stay with Benetton, Peter Sauber said that "[Schumacher] didn't want to drive for us.^ Ecclestone [-told]: I don't think he (Schumacher) would have thought about taking it on if he didn't think he could be competitive, .
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^ Ferrari's Todt would like Schumacher to want team principal post .

^ Jordan [-said]: You will see a new Raikkonen because he will not want to be disgraced by Michael Schumacher, .
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.Why would I have forced him?".[28] The year was dominated by the Williams of Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, featuring powerful Renault engines, semi-automatic gearboxes and active suspension to control the car's ride height.^ The only drivers quicker than him that day were Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.
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^ Schumacher took a career risk to join Ferrari: his reputation was already such that the powerful V-10 Renault engine had replaced the Ford V-8 in the Benneton to give him successive titles in 94 and 95, .
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^ Schumacher - winning 29 of the 50 races in the past three years - has been the dominant force.
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[29] .In the 'conventional' Benetton B192 Schumacher took his place on the podium for the first time, after finishing third in the Mexican Grand Prix.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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.He went on to take his first victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, in a wet race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which by 2003 he would call "far and away my favourite track".[30] He finished third in the Drivers' Championship in 1992 with 53 points, three points behind runner-up Patrese.^ Schumacher takes San Marino Grand Prix in start to finish victory (Roundup) .

^ Michael has competed in 250 Grand Prix races, winning 91 of them, and started in pole on 68 occasions.
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^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza Sunday to narrow the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso to just two points with three races remaining, after the Renault driver was forced to retire with engine trouble.

The Williams of Damon Hill and Alain Prost also dominated the 1993 season. Benetton introduced their own active suspension and traction control early in the season, last of the frontrunning teams to do so.[31] .Schumacher won one race, the Portuguese Grand Prix where he beat Prost, and had nine podium finishes, but retired in seven of the other 15 races.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Schumacher confirms he is to retire from Formula One .

He finished the season in fourth, with 52 points.

1994–1995: World Championship years

Schumacher drove the Benetton B194 to his first World Championship in 1994.
Schumacher driving for Benetton at the 1995 British Grand Prix.
.The 1994 season was Schumacher's first Drivers' Championship.^ Melbourne - Germany's four Formula One drivers pick Ferrari as favourites for the upcoming Grand Prix season despite the retirement of countryman Michael Schumacher.

^ Shanghai - Michael Schumacher may have announced his intention to retire from Formula One at the end of the season but remains firmly focused on overtake Renault's Fernando Alonso in this year's drivers' championship.

.The season, however, was marred by the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger during the San Marino Grand Prix and by allegations that several teams, including Schumacher's Benetton team, broke the sport's technical regulations.^ Schumacher takes San Marino Grand Prix in start to finish victory (Roundup) .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

[32][33]
.Schumacher won six of the first seven races and was leading the Spanish Grand Prix, before a gearbox failure left him stuck in fifth gear.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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.Schumacher finished the race in second place.^ While he may have been locked behind the two McLaren s of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen , he eventually took to first place and brought the race home with a controlled performance that saw him finish just over a couple of seconds before Hamilton.
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^ At the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, Schumacher drove superbly to finish in fifth, another incredible result.
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^ Over the last week, some really incredible things happened to me: the pole position and the second place at Spa and now I’m called by Ferrari to race the last five races of the season for them.” .
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[34] .Following the San Marino Grand Prix, the Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren teams were investigated on suspicion of breaking the FIA-imposed ban on electronic aids.^ Team: Mercedes Grand Prix .
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Benetton and McLaren initially refused to hand over their source code for investigation. When they did so, the FIA discovered hidden functionality in both teams' software, but no evidence that it had been used in a race. Both teams were fined $100,000 for their initial refusal to cooperate. However, the McLaren software, which was a gearbox program that allowed automatic shifts, was deemed legal. By contrast, the Benetton software was deemed to be a form of 'launch control' which would have allowed Schumacher to make perfect starts, which was explicitly outlawed by the regulations.[35] .At the British Grand Prix, Schumacher was penalised for overtaking on the formation lap.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Hockenheim, Germany - Michael Schumacher has no illusions as he enters the latest edition of the German Formula One Grand Prix.

.He then ignored the penalty and the subsequent black flag, which indicates that the driver must immediately return to the pits, for which he was disqualified and later given a two-race ban.^ I wish Massa a speedy return to F1, but I'm also relishing seeing these two racing.
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Benetton blamed the incident on a communication error between the stewards and the team.[36] .Schumacher was also disqualified after winning the Belgian Grand Prix after his car was found to have illegal wear on its skidblock, a measure used after the accidents at Imola to limit downforce and hence cornering speed.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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[37] Benetton protested that the skidblock had been damaged when Schumacher spun over a kerb, but the FIA rejected their appeal.[38] .These incidents helped Damon Hill close the points gap, with Schumacher leading by a single point going into the final race in Australia.^ Schumacher wins Italian GP to close gap on Alonso .

.On lap 36 of the race Schumacher clipped the guardrail while leading from Hill.^ In the race itself, three days later, Schumacher's car broke down and he retired after one lap.
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With his race over by then, he steered towards Hill's path as the latter was passing him, forcing a crash that took Hill out of the race. .As neither he nor Hill scored, Schumacher won a very controversial championship, the first German to do so (Jochen Rindt raced under the Austrian flag).^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Schumacher seeks win in what could be his last German race .

^ Hockenheim, Germany - First comes the fun part in the form of the annual football charity match, then what could be the last Formula One race of Michael Schumacher in his German homeland.

[39]
In 1995 Schumacher successfully defended his title with Benetton. He now had the same Renault engine as Williams. .He accumulated 33 more points than second-placed Damon Hill.^ Similarly, Rossi could have let Dovy pass him and settled for second place given that non of his title rivals were going to socre big (or any) points.
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.With team-mate Johnny Herbert, he took Benetton to its first Constructors' Championship and became the youngest two-time world champion in Formula One history.^ Michael Schumacher is a German man and a 7- time World Formula 1 Champion!
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^ Alonso drives global ING ad campaign 14 Mar 2008: Double formula one world champion Fernando Alonso stars in this global advertising campaign for financial services group ING, created by London-based ad agency Iris .
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^ Hamburg - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher said Tuesday he was banking on the support of home fans at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix as he tries to overhaul title-holder Fernando Alonso in the Formula One drivers' championship.

.The season was marred by several collisions with Hill, in particular an overtaking manoeuvre by Hill took them both out of the British Grand Prix on lap 45[40] and again on lap 23 of the Italian Grand Prix.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher won Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza to close the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso by ten to just two points after the Spaniard came out empty-handed as his Renault engine blew up with 10 laps remaining.

^ Raikkonen grabs pole for Italian Grand Prix from Schumacher .

[41] .Schumacher won nine of the 17 races, and finished on the podium 11 times.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ At the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, Schumacher drove superbly to finish in fifth, another incredible result.
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^ German Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One Series champion, won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday and on the victory podium announced that he would stop driving at the end of the year.

.Only once did he qualify worse than fourth; at the Belgian Grand Prix, he qualified 16th, but went on to win the race.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Suzuka, Japan - Although he managed only second place in Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was all smiles afterwards.

^ Barcelona, Spain - Michael Schumacher has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in Grand Prix racing, but on Sunday he will celebrate another first.

After Schumacher left Benetton at the end of the year, the team won only one more race before being bought by Renault in 2000.

Ferrari

.In 1996, Schumacher joined Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A., a team which had last won the Drivers' Championship with Jody Scheckter in 1979 and which had not won the Constructors' Cup since 1983 with drivers René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay at the wheel.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ We have added a new set of pictures from the event 'Michael Schumacher and Ferrari test driver Italian Luca Badoer on a Kart Track'.

.He left Benetton a year before his contract with them expired; he later cited the team's damaging actions in 1994 as his reason for opting out of his deal.^ He has not even (IIRC) driven this years Ferrari car seriously on the track before and if he even gets half decent points scoring results out of it it will be outstanding.
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[42] .A year later, ex-Benetton employees Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, who had been Technical Director at Benetton since 1991,[43] and who was one of the key members behind Schumacher's title successes with the team in 1994 and 1995, decided to join Schumacher at Ferrari.^ Frankfurt, Germany - Michael Schumacher is likely to extend his Formula One career beyond 2006, Germany's Welt am Sonntag Sunday paper said, citing an un-named member of his Ferrari team.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn believes Michael Schumacher will let the Formula One team know by 'May or June' whether he intends driving for the Italian marque beyond this season.

^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher late Thursday paid an emotional farewell to Ross Brawn, who played a major role in all his seven Formula One world titles and has now stepped down as Ferrari technical director.

.This increased Schumacher's motivation to build a more experienced and potentially championship-winning team around him.^ Madrid - Fernando Alonso believes his Renault team is more focused on claiming the constructors' title ahead of Ferrari than helping him beat a resurgent Michael Schumacher to the drivers' crown.

^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

.Ferrari had previously come close to the championship in 1982 and 1990. The team had suffered a disastrous downturn in the early 1990s, partially as their famous V12 engine was no longer competitive against the smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient V10s of their competitors.^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

^ The championship last year was Schumacher's third in a Ferrari and his success has seen the team reclaim its traditional aura of glamorous invincibility.
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^ Schumacher calls for no action to be taken against F1 teams .

Various drivers, notably Alain Prost, had given the vehicles labels such as "truck", "pig", and "accident waiting to happen".[44] The poor performance of the Ferrari pit crews was considered a running joke.[6] At the end of 1995, though the team had improved into a solid competitor, it was still considered inferior to front-running teams such as Benetton and Williams.[45] .Schumacher declared the Ferrari 412T good enough to win the Championship.^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

.Schumacher, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, and Jean Todt (hired in 1993), have been credited as turning this once struggling team into the most successful team in Formula One history.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Schumacher confirms he is to retire from Formula One .

^ Frankfurt, Germany - Michael Schumacher is likely to extend his Formula One career beyond 2006, Germany's Welt am Sonntag Sunday paper said, citing an un-named member of his Ferrari team.

[46][47] .Three-time World Champion Jackie Stewart believes the transformation of the Ferrari team was Schumacher's greatest feat.^ Is Schumacher the greatest racer of all-time?

^ Michael Schumacher is a German man and a 7- time World Formula 1 Champion!
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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[48] Eddie Irvine also joined the team, moving from Jordan.

1996–1999

"It was not a race. It was a demonstration of brilliance."
Stirling Moss about Schumacher at the 1996 Spanish GP[49]
.Schumacher finished third in the Drivers' Championship in 1996, and helped Ferrari to second place in the constructors' championship ahead of his old team Benetton.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ Madrid - Fernando Alonso believes his Renault team is more focused on claiming the constructors' title ahead of Ferrari than helping him beat a resurgent Michael Schumacher to the drivers' crown.

^ Magny-Cours, France - Michael Schumacher finished ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa as Ferrari spoilt the show for Renault in the qualifying session for the French Grand Prix on Saturday.

.He won three races, more than the team's total tally for the period from 1991 to 1995. During the initial part of the 1996 season, the car had had reliability trouble and Schumacher did not finish 6 of the 16 races.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

.He took his first win for Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he lapped the entire field up to third place in the wet.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Indianapolis - Michael Schumacher ended Fernando Alonso's run of five straight pole positions on Saturday by winning first place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix he now wants to win in proper fashion.

[11] .In the French Grand Prix Schumacher qualified in pole position, but suffered engine failure on the race's formation lap.^ Raikkonen grabs pole for Italian Grand Prix from Schumacher .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

[50] However at Spa-Francorchamps, Schumacher used well-timed pit-stops to fend off the Williams' Jacques Villeneuve. Following that, at Monza, Schumacher won in front of the tifosi. .Schumacher's ability, combined with the improving reliability of Ferrari, enabled him to end the season, putting up a challenge to eventual race and championship winner Damon Hill at Suzuka.^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

^ Alonso does not think Schumacher will retire at end of season .

Schumacher celebrates a second place finish at the 1997 German Grand Prix
Schumacher battles with David Coulthard at the 1998 British Grand Prix
.Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve vied for the title in 1997.^ Silverstone, Britain - Although he appears to be further away from retaining his title than ever before World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is not giving up.

^ The 2006 Formula One season was dominated by two stories: a great title battle between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher and the retirement of the latter.

^ Silverstone - Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve of Canada withdrew on the weekend from the Formula One driver's association GPDA because Michael Schumacher remains a director of the body despite recent controversy.

Villeneuve, driving the superior Williams FW19, led the championship in the early part of the season.[51] .However, by mid-season, Schumacher had taken the Championship lead, winning five races, and entered the season's final Grand Prix with a one-point advantage.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Background: 2006 Formula One Grand Prix season .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

.Towards the end of the race, held at Jerez, Schumacher's Ferrari developed a coolant leak and loss of performance indicating he may not finish the race.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Frankfurt - Michael Schumacher may be the future team principal job at the Ferrari Formula One team, a German motorsport magazine said.

.As Villeneuve approached to pass his rival, Schumacher attempted to provoke an accident but got the short end of the stick, retiring from the race.^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

^ Alonso does not think Schumacher will retire at end of season .

Villeneuve went on and scored four points to take the championship. Schumacher was punished for unsportsmanlike conduct for the collision and was disqualified from the Drivers' Championship.[52]
In 1998, Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen became Schumacher's main title competition. .Häkkinen won the first two races of the season, gaining a 16 point advantage over Schumacher.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

.With the Ferrari improving significantly in the second half of the season, Schumacher won six races and had five other podium finishes.^ At the next race, the Italian Grand Prix, Schumacher drove superbly to finish in fifth, another incredible result.
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^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher will stay at Ferrari and not move elsewhere if he decides to continue his illustrious Formula One racing career beyond the season, his manager, Willi Weber, said on Tuesday.

^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

.Ferrari took a 1–2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix, which tied Schumacher with Häkkinen for the lead of the Drivers' Championship with 80 points, but Häkkinen won the Championship by winning the final two races.^ Raikkonen grabs pole for Italian Grand Prix from Schumacher .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

.There were two controversies; at the British Grand Prix Schumacher was leading on the last lap when he turned into the pit lane, crossed the start finish line and stopped for a ten second stop go penalty.^ Going to the starting grid on Grand Prix day in Monaco.
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^ Schumacher takes San Marino Grand Prix in start to finish victory (Roundup) .

^ Schumacher leads qualifying and is centre of controversy .

There was some doubt whether this counted as serving the penalty, but the win stood. At Spa, Schumacher was leading the race by 40 seconds in heavy spray, but collided with David Coulthard's McLaren when the Scot, a lap down, slowed in very poor visibility to let Schumacher past. After both cars returned to the pits, Schumacher rushed to McLaren's garage and accused Coulthard of trying to kill him.[53]
.Schumacher's efforts helped Ferrari win the Constructors title in 1999.^ Madrid - Fernando Alonso believes his Renault team is more focused on claiming the constructors' title ahead of Ferrari than helping him beat a resurgent Michael Schumacher to the drivers' crown.

^ Michael Schumacher announces F1 comeback specifies Ferrari officials titles in graf 7 (3rd Lead) .

^ Hamburg - Record world champion Michael Schumacher has categorically ruled out a spectacular comeback to help revive Ferrari's Formula One title challenge this season.

.He lost his chance to win the Drivers' Championship at the British Grand Prix: at the high-speed Stowe Corner, his car's rear brake failed, sending him off the track and resulting in a broken leg.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Silverstone - Michael Schumacher on Thursday publicly apologized for an incident in the Monaco Grand Prix which saw him stop his Ferrari in a tight curve during qualifying, denying others the chance to improve their times.

^ He has not even (IIRC) driven this years Ferrari car seriously on the track before and if he even gets half decent points scoring results out of it it will be outstanding.
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[54] During his 98 day absence, he was replaced by Finnish driver Mika Salo. .After missing six races, he made his return at the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix, qualifying in the pole position by almost a second.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Barcelona, Spain - Michael Schumacher has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in Grand Prix racing, but on Sunday he will celebrate another first.

^ Hamburg - German formula one racing star Michael Schumacher on Wednesday announced he will be returning to the F1 Grand Prix circuit to fill in at Ferrari for badly injured driver Felipe Massa.

.He then assumed the role of second driver, assisting team mate Eddie Irvine's bid to win the Drivers' Championship for Ferrari.^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

^ Shanghai - Brazilian Felipe Massa will lose 10 places on the Chinese Grand Prix starting grid in a damper for Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher's hopes of winning an eighth world title.

[55] .In the last race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix, Häkkinen won his second consecutive title.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Japanese Grand Prix .

^ Suzuka, Japan - Although he managed only second place in Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was all smiles afterwards.

Schumacher would later say that Häkkinen was the opponent he respected the most.[56]

2000–2004: World Championship years

Schumacher won his fourth world title in 2001
Schumacher driving the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F2002 at the 2002 French Grand Prix, the race at which he clinched the 2002 Drivers' Championship, setting the record for the fewest races in locking up the title.
.During this period Schumacher won more races and championships than any other driver in the history of the sport.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ The greatest race car driver in Formula One history announced that he would retire at the end of the 2006 season.

.Schumacher won his third World Championship in 2000 after a year-long battle with Häkkinen.^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Melbourne - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is not missing Formula One after retiring last year and has no plans to be in Melbourne for the 2007 season opener.

^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

.Schumacher won the first three races of the season and five of the first eight.^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

^ Monza, Italy - Speculation over the future of seven-time Formula One motor-racing world champion Michael Schumacher has been rife all season.

.Mid-way through the year, Schumacher's chances suffered with three consecutive non-finishes, allowing Häkkinen to close the gap in the standings.^ Schumacher wins Italian GP to close gap on Alonso .

.Häkkinen then took another two victories, before Schumacher won at the Italian Grand Prix.^ Raikkonen grabs pole for Italian Grand Prix from Schumacher .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

At the post race press conference, after equalling the number of wins (41) won by his idol, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher broke into tears.[57] .The championship fight would come down to the penultimate race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix.^ Schumi in driving seat for championship and Japanese Grand Prix .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Japanese Grand Prix .

.Starting from pole position, Schumacher lost the lead to Häkkinen at the start.^ Schumacher happy about pole and Alonso's position .

.After his second pit-stop, however, Schumacher came out ahead of Häkkinen and went on to win the race and the championship.^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Imola race .

^ Massa grabs first GP win as Alonso shuts out Schumacher .

^ Sao Paulo - Michael Schumacher bows out of the sport of Formula One this weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix looking to finish his incredible racing career on a winning note rather than in a cloud of controversy.

In 2001, Schumacher took his fourth drivers' title. .Four other drivers won races, but none sustained a season-long challenge for the championship.^ Melbourne - Germany's four Formula One drivers pick Ferrari as favourites for the upcoming Grand Prix season despite the retirement of countryman Michael Schumacher.

^ The greatest race car driver in Formula One history announced that he would retire at the end of the 2006 season.

.Schumacher scored a record-tying nine wins and clinched the world championship with four races yet to run.^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - Speculation over the future of seven-time Formula One motor-racing world champion Michael Schumacher has been rife all season.

^ Jimmy White for the World Championship and Owen to score the winning goal in the world cup!!
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He finished the championship with 123 points, 58 ahead of runner-up Coulthard. .Season highlights included the Canadian Grand Prix, where Schumacher finished 2nd to his brother Ralf, thus scoring the first ever 1–2 finish by brothers in Formula One;[58] and the Belgian Grand Prix in which Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, breaking Alain Prost's record for most career wins.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Background: 2006 Formula One Grand Prix season .

^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

[59]
.In 2002, Schumacher used the Ferrari F2002 to retain his Drivers' Championship.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ We have added a new set of pictures from the event 'Michael Schumacher and Ferrari test driver Italian Luca Badoer on a Kart Track'.

^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

.There was again some controversy however at the Austrian Grand Prix, where his teammate, Rubens Barrichello was leading but in the final metres of the race, under orders, slowed to allow Schumacher to win the race.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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[60] The crowd broke into outraged boos at the result and Schumacher tried to make amends by placing Barrichello at the top step of the podium. .At the United States Grand Prix later that year, Schumacher dominated the race and was set for a close finish with Barrichello.^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Barrichello set for record 257th F1 Grand Prix .

At the end he slowed down and Barrichello took the victory. .In winning the Drivers' Championship he equalled the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio of five world championships.^ Jimmy White for the World Championship and Owen to score the winning goal in the world cup!!
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.Ferrari won 15 out of 17 races, and Schumacher won the title with six races remaining in the season.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Ferrari refuse to rule out Schumacher as Massa replacement .

.Schumacher broke his own record, shared with Nigel Mansell, of nine race wins in a season, by winning eleven times and finishing every race on the podium.^ Schumacher wins USGP - only nine cars finish .

^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

He finished with 144 points, a record-breaking 67 points ahead of the runner-up, his teammate Rubens Barrichello. This pair finished 9 of the 17 races in the first two places.
Schumacher at Indianapolis in 2004, where he won the 2004 United States Grand Prix
.Schumacher broke Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five World Drivers' Championships by winning the drivers' title for the sixth time in 2003, a closely contested season.^ Hamburg - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher said Tuesday he was banking on the support of home fans at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix as he tries to overhaul title-holder Fernando Alonso in the Formula One drivers' championship.

^ Melbourne - Germany's four Formula One drivers pick Ferrari as favourites for the upcoming Grand Prix season despite the retirement of countryman Michael Schumacher.

^ Hockenheim, Germany - If he continues in this way, Michael Schumacher will have snatched the world championship lead before or after the Italian home Grand Prix of his Ferrari team.

The biggest competition came once again from the McLaren Mercedes and Williams BMW teams. .In the first race, Schumacher ran off track, and in the following two, was involved in collisions.^ Barcelona, Spain - Michael Schumacher has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in Grand Prix racing, but on Sunday he will celebrate another first.

^ Shanghai, China - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari on Sunday won his first-ever Chinese Grand Prix ahead of the two Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella.

^ Hamburg - Bernie Ecclestone is ecstatic about the Formula One return of Michael Schumacher as ticket sales for the first race of the record champion are surging.

[61][62][63] He fell 16 points behind Kimi Räikkönen. .Schumacher won the San Marino Grand Prix and the next two races, and closed within two points of Räikkönen.^ Schumacher takes San Marino Grand Prix in start to finish victory (Roundup) .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

.Aside from Schumacher's victory in Canada, and Barrichello's victory in Britain, the mid-season was dominated by Williams drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, who each claimed two victories.^ Test drivers dominate Canada practice ahead of Schumacher .

^ The 2006 Formula One season was dominated by two stories: a great title battle between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher and the retirement of the latter.

^ Silverstone, Britain - Michael Schumacher was on Monday told to throw in the towel because everything is going Fernando Alonso's way in the Formula One season.

.After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher led Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Räikkönen by only one and two points, respectively.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Budapest - Michael Schumacher aims to continue his assault on Fernando Alonso at the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday in which he could move within one point of his rival if all goes well.

.Ahead of the next race, the FIA announced changes to the way tyre widths were to be measured: this forced Michelin, supplier to Williams and McLaren among others, to rapidly redesign their tyres before the Italian Grand Prix.^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Monza, Italy - Kimi Raikkonen in a McLaren-Mercedes Saturday grabbed pole position for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, pipping Michael Schumacher in what could be the German's final qualifying round at Monza.

^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Japanese Grand Prix .

[64] .Schumacher, running on Bridgestone tyres, won the next two races.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Shanghai, China - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari on Sunday won his first-ever Chinese Grand Prix ahead of the two Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella.

.After Montoya was penalised in the United States Grand Prix, only Schumacher and Räikkönen remained in contention for the title.^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

.At the final round, the Japanese Grand Prix, Schumacher needed only one point whilst Räikkönen needed to win.^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Japanese Grand Prix .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

.By finishing the race in eighth place, Schumacher took one point and assured his sixth World Drivers' title, ending the season two points ahead of Räikkönen.^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Imola race .

^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

.In 2004, Schumacher won a record twelve of the first thirteen races of the season, only failing to finish in Monaco after an accident with Juan Pablo Montoya during a safety car period when he briefly locked his car's brakes.^ Schumacher wins USGP - only nine cars finish .

^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

.He clinched a record seventh drivers' title at the Belgian Grand Prix.^ Melbourne - Germany's four Formula One drivers pick Ferrari as favourites for the upcoming Grand Prix season despite the retirement of countryman Michael Schumacher.

^ Barrichello set for record 257th F1 Grand Prix .

.He finished that season with a record 148 points, 34 points ahead of the runner-up, teammate Rubens Barrichello, and set a new record of 13 race wins out of a possible 18, surpassing his previous best of 11 wins from the 2002 season.^ Budapest - Fernando Alonso is required to win or at least finish ahead of Michael Schumacher at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday if doesn't want to fully lose control over the Formula One season.

^ Schumacher wins German GP - just 11 points behind Alonso .

^ Sao Paulo - Michael Schumacher bows out of the sport of Formula One this weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix looking to finish his incredible racing career on a winning note rather than in a cloud of controversy.

[65]

2005–2006

Schumacher battling with Kimi Räikkönen during the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix
Schumacher in 2005
.In 2005 Schumacher's sole win came at the United States Grand Prix.^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

Prior to that race, the Michelin tyres, used by most teams, were found to have significant safety issues. When no compromise between the teams and the FIA could be reached, all but the six drivers using Bridgestone tyres dropped out of the race after the formation lap.[66] .However, rule changes for the 2005 season required tyres to last an entire race,[67] tipping the overall advantage to teams using Michelins over teams such as Ferrari that relied on Bridgestone tyres.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Magny-Cours, France - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari and Bridgestone may have had their moment of joy in the US, but now Fernando Alonso wants to restore the Formula One pecking order in the French home race of his Renault team and Michelin tyre partners.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

[68] .The rule changes were partly in an effort to dent Ferrari's dominance and make the series more interesting.^ Schumacher rules out F1 comeback as Ferrari 'seek change' .

[6] .Less than half-way through the season, Schumacher said "I don't think I can count myself in this battle any more.^ Alonso does not think Schumacher will retire at end of season .

^ The 2006 Formula One season was dominated by two stories: a great title battle between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher and the retirement of the latter.

^ Silverstone, Britain - Michael Schumacher was on Monday told to throw in the towel because everything is going Fernando Alonso's way in the Formula One season.

It was like trying to fight with a blunted weapon.... If your weapons are weak you don't have a chance."[69] .The most notable moment of the season for Schumacher was his battle with Fernando Alonso in San Marino, where he started 13th and finished only 0.2 seconds behind the Spanish driver.^ Schumacher takes San Marino Grand Prix in start to finish victory (Roundup) .

^ Alonso calls Schumacher 'most unsporting driver' in F1 history .

^ Schumacher plays second fiddle to Alonso again .

[70] .Schumacher retired in six of the 19 races.^ Digg it guardian.co.uk , Wednesday 29 July 2009 18.13 BST Michael Schumacher retired from racing in 2006.
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^ Barcelona - Michael Schumacher is revealing nothing although the whole sports world is wondering whether the German star will retire from Formula One racing after the season or not.

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

.He finished the season in third with 62 points, fewer than half the points of world champion Alonso.^ Monza, Italy - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed Sunday that he is to retire from Formula One at the end of the season after 16 years at the top.

^ Stuttgart, Germany - World champion Fernando Alonso does not believe German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season.

^ Silverstone, Britain - Although he appears to be further away from retaining his title than ever before World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is not giving up.

.2006 became the last season of Schumacher's Ferrari career.^ Frankfurt, Germany - Michael Schumacher is likely to extend his Formula One career beyond 2006, Germany's Welt am Sonntag Sunday paper said, citing an un-named member of his Ferrari team.

^ Hamburg - Michael Schumacher will stay at Ferrari and not move elsewhere if he decides to continue his illustrious Formula One racing career beyond the season, his manager, Willi Weber, said on Tuesday.

^ Melbourne - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is not missing Formula One after retiring last year and has no plans to be in Melbourne for the 2007 season opener.

.After three races, Schumacher had 11 points and was already 17 points behind Alonso.^ Schumacher wins German GP - just 11 points behind Alonso .

^ Monza, Italy - The day after announcing his retirement from Formula One, Michael Schumacher was in fighting spirits as he looked forward to the season's last three races.

^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza Sunday to narrow the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso to just two points with three races remaining, after the Renault driver was forced to retire with engine trouble.

.He won the following two races, his first wins in 18 months, not including the boycotted 2005 United States Grand Prix.^ Grid: United States Formula One Grand Prix starting grid .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ Indianapolis - Michael Schumacher ended Fernando Alonso's run of five straight pole positions on Saturday by winning first place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix he now wants to win in proper fashion.

.His pole position at San Marino was his 66th, breaking Ayrton Senna's 12 year old record.^ Imola, Italy - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari on Saturday took pole position for Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix, beating Jenson Button into second place.

.Schumacher was stripped of pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix and started the race at the back of the grid.^ Going to the starting grid on Grand Prix day in Monaco.
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^ Monaco Grand Prix very nicely.
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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This was due to him stopping his car and blocking part of the circuit while Alonso was on his qualifying lap; he still managed to work his way up to 5th place on the notoriously cramped Monaco circuit. By the Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth race of the season, he was 25 points behind Alonso, and the three wins that followed helped him reduce his disadvantage to 11. His win at Hockenheim was the last home win for a German as of 2009. After his victories in Italy (in which Alonso had an engine failure)[71] and China, in which Alonso had tyre problems,[72] Schumacher led in the championship standings for the first time during the season. .Although he and Alonso had the same point total, Schumacher was in front because he had won more races.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Can you imagine Schumacher, Alonso and Hamilton on the same corner trying to outbrake each other?
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Schumacher overtakes Kimi Räikkönen for 4th with three laps to go of his final race at Interlagos, having dropped to 19th early on.
.The Japanese Grand Prix was led by Schumacher with only 16 laps to go, when, for the first time since the 2000 French Grand Prix, Schumacher's car suffered engine failure.^ Schumacher upbeat ahead of Japanese Grand Prix .

^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

.Alonso won the race, which gave him a ten point championship lead.^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher won Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza to close the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso by ten to just two points after the Spaniard came out empty-handed as his Renault engine blew up with 10 laps remaining.

^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza Sunday to narrow the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso to just two points with three races remaining, after the Renault driver was forced to retire with engine trouble.

.With only one race left in the season, Schumacher could only win the championship if he won the season finale and Alonso scored no points.^ Schumacher seeks win in what could be his last German race .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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^ Monza, Italy - Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza Sunday to narrow the gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso to just two points with three races remaining, after the Renault driver was forced to retire with engine trouble.

.Before the Brazilian Grand Prix, Schumacher conceded the title to Alonso.^ Schumacher to be at the Spanish Grand Prix on weekend .

^ Schumacher wins Italian Grand Prix .

^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
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[73] .In pre-race ceremonies, football legend Pelé presented a trophy[74] to Schumacher for his years of dedication to Formula One.^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

^ Schumacher confirms he is to retire from Formula One .

^ Hockenheim, Germany - Michael Schumacher has no illusions as he enters the latest edition of the German Formula One Grand Prix.

[75] .During the race's qualifying session, Schumacher had the best time of all drivers through the first two sessions; but a fuel pressure problem prevented him from completing a single lap during the third session, forcing him to start the race in tenth position.^ Is Schumacher the greatest racer of all-time?

^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ Silverstone - Michael Schumacher on Thursday publicly apologized for an incident in the Monaco Grand Prix which saw him stop his Ferrari in a tight curve during qualifying, denying others the chance to improve their times.

[76] Early in the race Schumacher moved up to sixth place. However, in overtaking Alonso's teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, Schumacher experienced a tyre puncture caused by the front wing of Fisichella's car.[77] Schumacher pitted and consequently fell to 19th place, 70 seconds behind teammate and race leader Felipe Massa. Schumacher recovered and overtook both Fisichella and Räikkönen to secure fourth place. His performance was classified in the press as "heroic",[78] an "utterly breath-taking drive",[79] and a "performance that ... sums up his career".[80]

2007-2009 Retirement

BMW Sauber with "Thanks Michael" messages towards Michael Schumacher on the back of their cars, Schumacher and Peter Sauber worked together in sports cars prior of entering in F1 in 1992.
.While Schumacher was on the podium after winning the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari issued a press release stating that he would retire from racing at the end of the 2006 season.^ Schumacher celebrates his win at the 2006 USGP .
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^ Schumacher started the season in style, winning the first 3 races, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ Barring the 2005 United States Grand Prix , this was his first win since the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix , 18 months earlier.With this win, Schumacher tied his own record with his 7th win at the same track, the other ones being Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours .
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

[81] Schumacher confirmed his retirement.[2] The press release stated that Schumacher would continue working for Ferrari. It was revealed on October 29, 2006 that Ferrari wanted Schumacher to act as assistant to the newly appointed CEO Jean Todt.[82] This would involve selecting the team's future drivers. .After Schumacher's announcement, leading Formula One figures such as Niki Lauda and David Coulthard hailed Schumacher as the greatest all-round racing driver in the history of Formula One.^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan - Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi -driver's face).
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[83] The tifosi and the Italian press, who did not always take to Schumacher's relatively cold public persona, displayed an affectionate response after he announced his retirement.[84]

2007: Advisor to Ferrari

Schumacher at Finali Mondiali celebrations in the F2007
.During the 2007 season Schumacher acted as Ferrari's advisor and Jean Todt's 'super assistant'.[85] He attended several Grands Prix during the season.^ Schumacher also received a push from the marshals in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix , although he retired anyway due to suspension damage after driving back to the pits.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Ferrari's director Jean Todt strongly disputed the decision, claiming that "[w]ith no real evidence, the stewards have assumed he is guilty."
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^ After several rebuilding years, Schumacher's efforts helped Ferrari win the Constructors Title in 1999 .
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.Schumacher drove the Ferrari F2007 for the first time on 24 October at Ferrari's home track in Fiorano, Italy.^ He used a homemade kart built by his father, Rolf, who managed the local karting track in Kerpen , Schumacher's home town.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ After interviewing Schumacher and Ferrari personnel, and reviewing evidence and data provided by the FIA and Ferrari, the race stewards stripped Schumacher of all of his qualifying times.
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^ In 2000 Michael Schumacher took Ferrari's first driver's championship since 1979.
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.He ran no more than five laps and no lap times were recorded.^ Schumacher had won six races that year, the most memorable of which was in Hungary , where he pitted three times and had to do a whole stint lapping the circuit at qualifying speed, more than a second faster than anyone else to catch up with the McLaren.
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^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001 , 2003 and 2005 awards.
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A Ferrari spokesman said the short drive was done for the Fiat board of directors, who were holding their meeting in Maranello.[86]
.On 13 November 2007 Schumacher, who had not driven a Formula One car since he had retired a year earlier, undertook a formal test session for the first time aboard the F2007. He returned in December, to continue helping Ferrari with their development program at Jerez circuit.^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Barring the 2005 United States Grand Prix , this was his first win since the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix , 18 months earlier.With this win, Schumacher tied his own record with his 7th win at the same track, the other ones being Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours .
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ In more recent years, however, Schumacher's success with Ferrari, moderation of his on-track tactics, and a more relaxed public persona have rehabilitated his image for most fans, although the collisions with Hill and Villeneuve have not been forgotten by many Formula One fans, who are quick to point out poor sportsmanship.
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.He focused on testing electronics and tyres for the 2008 Formula One season.^ He would finish this season with a record 148 points, and a new record of 13 race wins in a season, surpassing the previous best of 11, which he had scored in the 2002 Formula One season .
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2008: Car development

.In 2007, former Ferrari top manager Ross Brawn said that Schumacher is very likely and also happy to continue testing in 2008. Michael Schumacher later explained his role further, saying that he will "deal with the development of the car inside Gestione Sportiva", and as part of that, will drive the car, but not too often.^ Michael Schumacher himself delivered a vocal performance in Disney - Pixar's animated feature film Cars .
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^ "The Sydney Morning Herald: Report on a possible movie role for Michael Schumacher" .
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^ Schumacher managed to get his car back on track in front of Hill but had lost momentum as a result of his driving error.
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[87]
.During 2008 Schumacher has also competed as a motorcycle racer in the IDM Superbike-series.^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990 .
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

He states that he has no intention of a second competitive career in this sport.[88]
He is quoted as saying that riding a Ducati was the most exhilarating thing he has done, the second most being sky diving.[89]

2009: Aborted comeback

.In his capacity as racing advisor to Ferrari, Schumacher was present in Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix when Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was seriously injured after being struck by a suspension spring during qualifying.^ During the 1997 European Grand Prix Schumacher was leading the race, followed by Villeneuve.
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^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan - Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi -driver's face).
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ In qualifying for the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix after setting the fastest lap Schumacher drove round slowly on the racing line almost causing a collision with Gerhard Berger who was still on a fast lap.
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.As it became clear that Massa would be unable to compete in the next race at Valencia, Schumacher was chosen as a replacement for the Brazilian driver.^ This accident prevented Schumacher from competing in the next six races.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990 .
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^ At this point, Schumacher can win the Drivers' Championship by winning the final six races, regardless of Alonso's results.
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[90] .Therefore, on 29 July 2009, Ferrari announced that they planned to draft in Schumacher for the European Grand Prix, and subsequent Grands Prix until Massa was able to race again.^ During the 1997 European Grand Prix Schumacher was leading the race, followed by Villeneuve.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ In qualifying for the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix after setting the fastest lap Schumacher drove round slowly on the racing line almost causing a collision with Gerhard Berger who was still on a fast lap.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher's strong form continued at the European Grand Prix , where he beat Fernando Alonso in a closely contested battle, putting in a series of blistering laps before his second pit-stop to emerge in front of Alonso.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

[3] He had already started to test in a modified F2007 to prepare himself.[91] He had been unable to test the 2009 car, due to testing restrictions. .Ferrari appealed for special permission to test, but Williams, Red Bull and Toro Rosso were against this test.^ Despite the fact that the Ferrari was literally thrown into the side of the Williams, it was the red car that ended up on the gravel and out of the race.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

[92][93] .However, Schumacher called off his return on 10 August due to the severity of the neck injury he received in a motorcycle accident earlier in the year.^ In more recent years, however, Schumacher's success with Ferrari, moderation of his on-track tactics, and a more relaxed public persona have rehabilitated his image for some fans.
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[94]

Mercedes GP

Schumacher testing for Mercedes at Circuito de Jerez in February 2010.
.On 23 December 2009 it was announced Schumacher would be returning to Formula One in the 2010 season alongside fellow German driver Nico Rosberg in the new Mercedes GP team.^ "BBC news: Schumacher announces retirement".
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi-driver's face).
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

[5] .On 16 November Mercedes had taken over the Brawn GP team, their first majority involvement in an F1 team since 1955. Schumacher stated that his attempted summer comeback for Ferrari had initiated a renewed interest in F1 which, combined with the opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition to drive for Mercedes and to be working again with team principal Ross Brawn, led Schumacher to accept the offer once he was passed fit.^ Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn[16]: .
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^ Schumacher impressed the paddock by qualifying seventh in his first competition in an F1 vehicle, matching the team's season-best grid position, and out-qualifying his seasoned team mate, Andrea de Cesaris, an 11-year veteran.
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^ The biggest threats once again came from the McLaren Mercedes and BMW Williams F1 teams.
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[5][95] After a period of intensive training, medical tests indicated that the neck injury that had prevented his earlier return for Ferrari had fully healed.[5]
.Ross Brawn had contacted Schumacher over a potential return to F1 with Mercedes involvement in November, seeking a contingency for the possibly outgoing driver Jenson Button.^ Since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994, Schumacher has been widely regarded as the fastest driver in F1 and the dominant driver of recent times.
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^ Since the 1994 death of Ayrton Senna , Schumacher has been widely regarded as the fastest driver in F1 and the dominant driver of recent times.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher became known as an up-and-coming driver in F1 as he claimed his maiden victory in the Belgian Grand Prix with Benetton Ford.
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[5] .On 2 November Rubens Barrichello had left Brawn GP, followed on 18 November by Button, while on 23 November Rosberg was the first replacement driver announced by Mercedes.^ He announced his retirement as a driver on September 10, 2006, and will be replaced at Ferrari by Kimi Rikknen for the 2007 season.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ After Montoya was penalized in the US GP he was out of the title contention; only the Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen was left.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

.The possible return of Schumacher began being reported in the German press on 13 December, and ten days later Mercedes confirmed Schumacher's return, completing their line-up.^ Schumacher won the 1990 German Formula Three title before joining the Mercedes-Benz junior driver scheme in the World Sportscar Championship in 1991.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Closing this window without pressing "Report" will result in your words being lost.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ "The Sydney Morning Herald: Report on a possible movie role for Michael Schumacher" .
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[5][96][97][98] .Schumacher signed a three year contract reportedly worth £20m, with Mercedes thought to want 22-year-old German driver Sebastian Vettel as a long term replacement after.^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ In a dominant year, Schumacher took his fifth Drivers' title (equalling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio).
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[5]
.Schumacher's surprise re-entry to the sport was compared to Niki Lauda's return in 1982 aged 33, and Nigel Mansell's return in 1994 at age 41, and with Schumacher who turned 41 on 3 January 2010, his prospects with Mercedes were compared with the record set by the oldest F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio, who was 46 when he won his fifth championship.^ The double-retirement meant that Schumacher won the 1994 World Championship.
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^ In a dominant year, Schumacher took his fifth Drivers' title (equalling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio).
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ In a dominant year, Schumacher easily took his fifth Drivers' title (equaling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio ) due to his driving talent and the sheer dominance of the Ferrari F2002 , which won 15 out of 17 races that season.
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[5]

2010: Return to Formula One

.Schumacher's first drive of the 2010 Mercedes car – the Mercedes MGP W01 – was at the official test on 2 February 2010 in Valencia.^ Schumacher will first have to undergo a rigorous training programme as he is understood to be recovering from neck and back injuries sustained in a motorbike accident in Spain in February.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ "The most important thing first: thank God, all news concerning Felipe is positive, and I wish him all the best again," said Schumacher on his official website .
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher managed to get his car back on track in front of Hill but had lost momentum as a result of his driving error.
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.He finished sixth in the first race of the season in Bahrain.^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ Schumacher started the season strongly, winning six of the first seven races.
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^ Schumacher won a record twelve of the first thirteen races of the season, only failing to finish in Monaco after a controversial accident with Juan Pablo Montoya under the safety car period.
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Helmet

.
Schumacher's helmets from the 1999 and 2002 seasons.
^ A few races into the 2000 season, Schumacher changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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The change of colour occurred midway through the 2000 season
Schumacher in conjunction with Schuberth helped develop the first lightweight carbon helmet. In 2004, a prototype was publicly tested by being driven over by a tank; it survived intact.[99] The helmet keeps the driver cool by funneling directed airflow through fifty holes.[100]
.Schumacher's original helmet sported the colours of the German flag and his sponsor's decals.^ A few races into the 2000 season, Schumacher changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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^ A few races into the 2000 season, Michael changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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.On the top was a blue circle with white astroids.^ A few races into the 2000 season, Schumacher changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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^ A few races into the 2000 season, Michael changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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.After Schumacher joined Ferrari, a prancing horse was added on the back.^ Schumacher went on to win world championships in 1994 and 1995 with the Anglo-Italian team before joining the then uncompetitive Ferrari team for 1996.
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.From the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix.^ In qualifying for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix Schumacher set the fastest lap time.
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in order to differentiate his colours from new teammate .Rubens Barrichello, Schumacher changed the upper blue colour and some of the white areas to red.^ This was to avoid confusion between himself and his new team-mate, Rubens Barichello, who had a similar white and blue helmet.
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^ A few races into the 2000 season, Schumacher changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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^ A few races into the 2000 season, Michael changed his helmet colours from a white base with a blue top and German flag, to a red base with a red top and German flag.
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[101]
.He sported one-off helmet designs three times.^ Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda[17]: .
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.For the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix, a title decider with Mika Häkkinen, he replaced the German flag with a chequered flag motif, and reflective silver replacing the white areas.^ However, they were once again beaten by Mika Häkkinen in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka .
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^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ However, they were once again beaten by Mika Hkkinen in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
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.At the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, the German flag design was replaced with an Italian flag in honour of his team's home race.^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan - Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi -driver's face).
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi-driver's face).
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^ At the British Grand Prix he salvaged second by passing Kimi Rikknen after the second round of stops after being trapped behind the Finn for most of the race.
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.For his final Grand Prix race of 2006, he wore a special helmet that included the names of his ninety-one Grand Prix victories.^ As the senior driver in the Formula One world championship, Schumacher has continued to win races up to and including the 2006 season, having won at least one race every season since his first victory in 1992.
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^ At the British Grand Prix he salvaged second by passing Kimi Rikknen after the second round of stops after being trapped behind the Finn for most of the race.
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^ After winning the French GP on July 16th, 2006, Michael Schumacher became the only driver in history to win the same Grand Prix eight times.
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[102]

Honours

.Schumacher has been honoured many times during his career.^ Schumacher has attracted controversy during his long career in the top flight.
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.In April 2002, for his contributions to sport and his contributions in raising awareness of child education, he was named as one of the UNESCO Champions for sport,[103] joining the other eight which include Pelé, Serhiy Bubka and Justine Henin.^ For his contribution, he was named a UNESCO Champion For Sport by its Director-General Kochiro Matsuura in 2002.
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^ "UNESCO: Announcement naming Michael Schumacher as the UNESCO Champion for Sport .
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^ For his contribution, he was named a UNESCO Champion For Sport by its Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in 2002 .
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.He won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award twice, in 2002 and 2004 for his performances in the 2001 and 2003 seasons respectively.^ Michael Schumacher has won the coveted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in 2002[24] and 2004[25], for his outstanding performance in the 2001 and 2003 seasons respectively.
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^ Michael Schumacher has won the coveted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in 2002 "Laureus: 2002 Sportsman of the Year" .
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^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001, 2003 and 2005 awards.
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.He has also received nominations for the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 awards.^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001, 2003 and 2005 awards.
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^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001 , 2003 and 2005 awards.
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[104] .No-one has been nominated more times than Schumacher in the award's seven-year history.^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001, 2003 and 2005 awards.
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^ In its 7-year history, no other sportsman has been nominated more times than Schumacher, who also received nominations for the 2001 , 2003 and 2005 awards.
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^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
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.In honour of Schumacher's racing career and his efforts to improve safety and the sport, he was awarded an FIA Gold Medal for Motor Sport in 2006.[105] In 2007, in recognition of his contribution to Formula One racing, the Nürburgring racing track renamed turns 8 and 9 (the Audi and Shell Kurves) as the Schumacher S,[106] and a month later he presented A1 Team Germany with the A1 World Cup at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport 2007 awards ceremony.^ But Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari and who has recently been acting as an advisor to the team, will now race in the European grand prix in Valencia on 23 August.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi-driver's face).
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^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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[107] He was nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award for Sport for 2007, which he won both for sporting prowess and for his humanitarian record.[108][109]
.In 2008 the Swiss Football Association appointed Schumacher as the Swiss ambassador for the 2008 European football championship.^ Between 1984 and 1987, Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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^ Between 1984 and 1987 , Schumacher won numerous German and European kart championships, including the Formula Konig Series.
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[110]

Controversy

.During his long career Schumacher has been involved in several incidents, which have caused considerable controversy.^ Schumacher has attracted not only accolades, but also controversy during his long career.
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^ This drew criticism, not least because Schumacher had been involved in several other controversial collisions in previous years.
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^ This incident caused a great deal of controversy with Schumacher storming into the McLaren garage after retiring and allegedly accusing Coulthard of trying to kill him.
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.Schumacher has been vilified in the British media for his involvement in title-deciding collisions in 1994 and 1997.[111] German and Italian newspapers widely condemned his actions in 1997.[112] The 1994 incident was viewed by the FIA as a racing incident, and brought no sanction; whereas the 1997 incident saw Schumacher disqualified from the championship standings.^ Championship-deciding collisions .
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^ This allowed Häkkinen to overtake Schumacher in the championship standings, but a resounding win at the Italian Grand Prix brought him back on track.
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^ This allowed Hkkinen to overtake Schumacher in the championship standings, but a resounding win at the Italian Grand Prix brought him back on track.
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Championship deciding collisions

Hill (left) and Schumacher (right) crash at the Flinders Street corner during the 1994 Australian Grand Prix
.Going into the 1994 Australian Grand Prix, the final race of the 1994 season, Schumacher led Damon Hill by a single point in the Drivers' Championship.^ At this point, Schumacher can win the Drivers' Championship by winning the final six races, regardless of Alonso's results.
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^ The 1994 Australian Grand Prix was the final round of the 1994 season, and Schumacher entered the race with a single point advantage over Damon Hill.
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^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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.Schumacher led the race from the beginning with Hill closely following him.^ During the race itself, Schumacher battled back from the 22nd spot to finish 5th, although he was aided by four cars retiring from in front of him.
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^ Schumacher led the race from the start, but with Hill applying heavy pressure late in the race, Schumacher made an error and ran wide off the track, bumping the wall.
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^ During the race itself, Schumacher persevered through the penalty and battled back from the 22nd spot, passing 5 cars on the opening laps, moving him to 17th.
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.On lap 35, Schumacher went off track, hitting a wall with his right side wheels.^ Schumacher's off-track interests include playing football (soccer) (actively in FC Echichens), watching films, karaoke, playing tennis, swimming, and skiing.
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^ Schumacher led the race from the start, but with Hill applying heavy pressure late in the race, Schumacher made an error and ran wide off the track, bumping the wall.
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^ Villeneuve attempted to overtake Schumacher approaching a right-handed corner; as the French Canadian passed, Schumacher's car turned sharply into the side of his car.
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[113] .It is unknown whether Schumacher's car was damaged, as he returned to the track at reduced speed but still leading the race.^ Whether the car was damaged in the impact is unknown, and still the subject of considerable debate.
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^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ Schumacher, who could have used the opportunity to reduce Alonso's lead further, also suffered a two second penalty for overtaking two cars, one of them being Alonso, during a red flag situation.
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.At the next corner, when Hill attempted a pass on the inside while Schumacher was turning into the corner, Schumacher and Hill collided.^ Hill took the opportunity to go for the overtaking manoeuvre and moved for the inside on the next corner.
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^ However, at the start of his hot laps in the third session Schumacher made a mistake by out braking himself down into the first corner.
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^ Schumacher's car crashed into the outside wall, while Hill was forced to pull out due to suspension damage.
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.Schumacher's car was tipped up onto two wheels and eliminated on the spot.^ During the race itself, Schumacher battled back from the 22nd spot to finish 5th, although he was aided by four cars retiring from in front of him.
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^ During the race itself, Schumacher persevered through the penalty and battled back from the 22nd spot, passing 5 cars on the opening laps, moving him to 17th.
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.Hill pitted immediately and retired from the race with irreparable damage.^ Schumacher also received a push from the marshals in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix , although he retired anyway due to suspension damage after driving back to the pits.
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^ Schumacher also received a push from the marshals in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix, although he retired anyway due to suspension damage after driving back to the pits.
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^ Schumacher's critics allege that, knowing his car was damaged, he intentionally drove his car into Hill's in order to take the Briton out of the race.
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.As neither driver scored Schumacher took the title.^ In 1997, he again took the title fight down to the last race, narrowly leading the points for the Drivers' Championship title.
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^ In a dominant year, Schumacher took his fifth Drivers' title (equalling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio).
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^ Schumacher broke Fangio's record by winning the Drivers' title for the sixth time in a closely contested season.
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[114]
Opinion is divided over the incident. .British Formula One journalist and author Alan Henry has written that Schumacher was blamed by "many F1 insiders" for the incident,[115] however British Formula One commentator Murray Walker believes it was not a deliberate move.^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
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^ In more recent years, however, Schumacher's success with Ferrari, moderation of his on-track tactics, and a more relaxed public persona have rehabilitated his image for most fans, although the collisions with Hill and Villeneuve have not been forgotten by many Formula One fans, who are quick to point out poor sportsmanship.
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^ Alonso said later that season that he considered Schumacher "the most unsporting driver with the largest number of sanctions in the history of Formula One."
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[116] .The race stewards judged it a racing accident and took no action against either driver.^ In 1997, he again took the title fight down to the last race, narrowly leading the points for the Drivers' Championship title.
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^ Schumacher denies this allegation, and the FIA took no action against him.
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^ In 1997 , he again took the title fight down to the last race, narrowly leading the points for the Drivers' Championship title.
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Michael Schumacher (red) and Jacques Villeneuve (blue) in the moment of the collision at the Dry Sack corner in the 1997 European Grand Prix at Jerez
.At the 1997 European Grand Prix at Jerez, the last race of the season, Schumacher led another driver, this time Williams' Jacques Villeneuve, by one point in the Drivers' Championship.^ In 1997, he again took the title fight down to the last race, narrowly leading the points for the Drivers' Championship title.
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^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ During the 1997 European Grand Prix Schumacher was leading the race, followed by Villeneuve.
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.Although Schumacher and Villeneuve had set the same time during qualifying, the Canadian driver started the race in pole position due to his being the first to set the time.^ (Races in bold indicate pole position) .
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^ Schumacher impressed the paddock by qualifying seventh in his first competition in an F1 vehicle, matching the team's season-best grid position, and out-qualifying his seasoned team mate, Andrea de Cesaris, an 11-year veteran.
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^ In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, although Schumacher took pole position with Fernando Alonso 0.064 seconds behind him, there was uproar in the paddock after the end of qualifying, after he stopped his car at the Rascasse hairpin causing an obstruction for his rivals who were trying to set a faster time.
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.By the first corner of the race, Schumacher was ahead of Villeneuve.^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ Schumacher started the season strongly, winning six of the first seven races.
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^ However, at the start of his hot laps in the third session Schumacher made a mistake by out braking himself down into the first corner.
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.On lap 48, Villeneuve passed Schumacher at the Dry Sack Corner.^ After qualifying on Pole position for the US Grand Prix , Schumacher was passed by team-mate Felipe Massa at the first corner but by lap 30 was back in front, going on to win the race.
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^ Villeneuve attempted to overtake Schumacher approaching a right-handed corner; as the French Canadian passed, Schumacher's car turned sharply into the side of his car.
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.As he did so, Schumacher turned his car into the Williams car, the right-front wheel of Schumacher's Ferrari hitting the left side pod of Villeneuve's car.^ Schumacher turned into Hill's car, with Schumacher's right rear tire striking Hill's left front.
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^ "Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa 's car until the Brazilian driver will be able to race again," said a statement from Ferrari.
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^ Schumacher uncompromisingly crashed into Villeneuve's Williams Renault after Villeneuve attempted to overtake Schumacher, when the German left the door open under braking into the right-hand 'Dry Sac' hairpin curve at the end of the back-straight of the Jerez circuit.
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.Schumacher retired from the race immediately while Villeneuve was able to finish the race in the third place, taking four points and so becoming the World Champion.^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
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^ Villeneuve went on to finish third, behind Mika Häkkinen (his first F1 win) and David Coulthard , which was sufficient to win the World Championship.
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^ During the 1997 European Grand Prix Schumacher was leading the race, followed by Villeneuve.
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[113]
.Two weeks after the race, Schumacher was excluded from the results for the season after a FIA disciplinary hearing disqualified him, finding that his "manoeuvre was an instinctive reaction and although deliberate not made with malice or premeditation.^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ Schumacher also broke Nigel Mansell 's and his own record of 9 race wins for most victories in a season, scoring 11 and finishing every race on the podium.
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It was a serious error."[52] .This made him the only driver in the history of the sport, as of 2009 to be disqualified from a World Championship.^ Schumacher is the only German to have won the drivers' championship.
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^ After winning the French GP on July 16th, 2006, Michael Schumacher became the only driver in history to win the same Grand Prix eight times.
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^ Sport: 24 hours in pictures 4 Aug 2009: The best sports photographs taken around the world in the last 24 hours .
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[117] .Schumacher accepted the decision[118] and admitted having made a mistake.^ However, at the start of his hot laps in the third session Schumacher made a mistake by out braking himself down into the first corner.
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[112]

Team Orders

.Historically, team orders had always been an accepted part of Formula One.^ "Though it is true the Formula One chapter has been closed for me for some time, it is also true that for loyalty reasons to the team I cannot ignore this unfortunate situation.
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.However, during Schumacher's tenure at both Benetton and Ferrari, the team often employed team orders as a matter of routine.^ The result was a ban on team orders and a $1 million fine for Ferrari for disrupting the podium ceremony($500,000 to be paid immediately, with the remainder remitted subject to "good behaviour" during the next 12 months) [23].
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^ Johnny Herbert (his team mate at Benetton in 1995) in particular complained publicly about what he saw as favouritism for Schumacher from the team.
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^ Yet some think Ferrari team orders was a major factor in Irvine's move to Jaguar in 2000.
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.Schumacher would generally benefit, with the exception of the final 2 races of 1999, when he supported Eddie Irvine's title bid.^ After his return, he assumed the role of a second driver, yielding to his team mate, Eddie Irvine, in order to help his team win a Drivers' Championship title.
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^ However, he was in fact stripped of his second place in the 1997 championship after he was judged to have deliberately driven into title rival Jacques Villeneuve at the final race of the season.
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^ Although these accusations have not always been supported by the FIA, his results were deleted from the 1997 championship after he was judged to have deliberately driven into title rival Jacques Villeneuve at the final race of the season.
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[119] .This did not attract significant controversy in years where Schumacher was clearly involved in a title battle with drivers from other teams, but his dominant years (2001–2004) saw many accuse him and Ferrari of deploying team orders in a manner that undermined the sport and damaged its credibility.^ In a dominant year, Schumacher easily took his fifth Drivers' title (equaling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio ) due to his driving talent and the sheer dominance of the Ferrari F2002 , which won 15 out of 17 races that season.
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^ During Schumacher's dominance in the first half of the 2000s, he created much controversy around not only him but also his team Ferrari and race director Jean Todt, because of the way they were manipulating the race results by swapping finishing positions with Rubens Barrichello, the other Ferrari driver at the time.
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^ During Schumacher's dominance in the first half of the 2000s, he created much controversy not only around him but his team Ferrari and race director Jean Todt , because of the way they were manipulating the race results by swapping finishing positions with Rubens Barrichello , the other Ferrari driver at the time.
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.At the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, Schumacher's teammate, Rubens Barrichello, took pole and led the race from the start.^ In qualifying for the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix after setting the fastest lap Schumacher drove round slowly on the racing line almost causing a collision with Gerhard Berger who was still on a fast lap.
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^ The most infamous episode of usage of 'team orders' by Ferrari was at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix where the team ordered Barrichello, who was leading the race, to move over for Schumacher to take the win.
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^ At the Belgian Grand Prix Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, thus breaking Alain Prost's record for most career wins.
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.In the final metres of the race, the Brazilian driver, under orders from Ferrari, slowed his car to make way for Schumacher to pass and win the race.^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ Despite the fact that the Ferrari was literally thrown into the side of the Williams, it was the red car that ended up on the gravel and out of the race.
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^ After his return, he assumed the role of a second driver, yielding to his team mate, Eddie Irvine, in order to help his team win a Drivers' Championship title.
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[60] .This angered fans who were watching the race and it was claimed that the team's actions showed a lack of sportsmanship and respect to the spectators, with many claiming that Schumacher did not need to be "gifted" wins in only the 6th race of the season, particularly given that he had already won 4 of the previous 5 grands prix, and that Barrichello had dominated the race weekend up to that point.^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot (incarcerated for spraying CS gas in a London taxi-driver's face).
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^ The most infamous episode of usage of 'team orders' by Ferrari was at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix where the team ordered Barrichello, who was leading the race, to move over for Schumacher to take the win.
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.At the podium ceremony, Schumacher pushed Barrichello onto the top step,[60] and for this disturbance, the Ferrari team incurred a US$1 million fine.^ This led to a disgusted reception on the podium where an embarrassed Schumacher ushered Barrichello onto the top step.
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^ The result was a ban on team orders and a $1 million fine for Ferrari for disrupting the podium ceremony($500,000 to be paid immediately, with the remainder remitted subject to "good behaviour" during the next 12 months) "Austrian Grand Prix 2002 Official FIA Press Release" .
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^ The result was a ban on team orders and a $1 million fine for Ferrari for disrupting the podium ceremony($500,000 to be paid immediately, with the remainder remitted subject to "good behaviour" during the next 12 months) [23].
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[120] This was the only penalty incurred, as despite the outcry, the switching of positions did not break any actual sporting or technical regulation. .Later in the season at the end of the 2002 United States Grand Prix, Schumacher slowed down within sight of the finishing line, meaning that Barrichello took the win by 0.011 seconds, the 2nd closest margin in F1 history.^ Immediately after beating Kimi Rikknen to win the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, on September 10, 2006, Schumacher announced that he would retire at the end of the 2006 season, ending the career of the most statistically successful driver in history.
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^ At the Belgian Grand Prix Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, thus breaking Alain Prost's record for most career wins.
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^ Schumacher's strong form continued at the European Grand Prix, where he beat Alonso in a closely contested battle, putting in a series of fast laps before his second pit-stop to emerge in front of Alonso.
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.Nobody, including Barrichello, appeared to know why Schumacher lifted, and Schumacher's own explanation varied between it being him "returning the favour" for Austria (now that Schumacher's title was secure), or trying to engineer a dead-heat (a feat derided as near-impossible in a sport where timings are taken to within a thousandth of a second).^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
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^ In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, although Schumacher took pole position with Fernando Alonso 0.064 seconds behind him, there was uproar in the paddock after the end of qualifying, after he stopped his car at the Rascasse hairpin causing an obstruction for his rivals who were trying to set a faster time.
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^ Schumacher broke Fangio's record by winning the Drivers' title for the sixth time in a closely contested season.
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[121] The FIA subsequently banned "Team orders which interfere with the race result".[122][123]

Other incidents

.In 1995, Schumacher and Benetton were publicly determined not to incur such controversy, but got off to a bad start when Schumacher and Williams driver David Coulthard were disqualified for fuel irregularities.^ Johnny Herbert (his team mate at Benetton in 1995) in particular complained publicly about what he saw as favouritism for Schumacher from the team.
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^ Hill struggled to keep pace with the Benetton in his Williams - Renault , but due to several mid-season controversial disqualifications and bans for Schumacher, he began to close the gap in the standings.
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^ In 1995 , Schumacher stayed with Benetton, which had switched to Renault engines.
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.On appeal, both drivers had their results and points reinstated, but both teams lost the points the results would normally have earned in the constructors championship (for 1995, Benetton switched to Renault engines, also used by Williams.^ In 1995 , Schumacher stayed with Benetton, which had switched to Renault engines.
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^ In 1995, Schumacher stayed with Benetton, which had switched to Renault engines.
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^ Johnny Herbert (his team mate at Benetton in 1995) in particular complained publicly about what he saw as favouritism for Schumacher from the team.
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With this switch came a move to using oils from Renault partner, Elf).
.The remainder of 1995 went without major controversy, although the title battle with Damon Hill became very intense and acrimonious, particularly after their collisions in the British and Italian Grands Prix, both of which forced the two drivers to retire.^ He clinched a record seventh drivers' title at the Belgian Grand Prix.
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^ However, his hopes for another Drivers' Championship were dashed at that year's British Grand Prix, where he broke his leg.
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^ At the British Grand Prix he salvaged second by passing Kimi Rikknen after the second round of stops after being trapped behind the Finn for most of the race.
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.Likewise the first two years of his Ferrari career passed with little controversy, until the final race of 1997 (see above).^ In 1988 Schumacher raced in the Formula Ford series and competed in the German Formula 3 series for the next two years, winning the title in 1990.
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^ However, he was in fact stripped of his second place in the 1997 championship after he was judged to have deliberately driven into title rival Jacques Villeneuve at the final race of the season.
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^ This was the first time in its 20 year history that the Hungarian GP was rain soaked and set the stage for the most exciting race of the year.
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.The 1998 Canadian Grand Prix saw Schumacher accused of dangerous driving when his exit from the pitlane forced Heinz Harald Frentzen off the track and into retirement.^ At the Belgian Grand Prix Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, thus breaking Alain Prost's record for most career wins.
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^ Schumacher also received a push from the marshals in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix , although he retired anyway due to suspension damage after driving back to the pits.
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^ At the San Marino Grand Prix, Schumacher took his 66th pole position, breaking Senna's record of 65.
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.Despite receiving a 10 second penalty, Schumacher recovered and won the race.^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ Fernando Alonso was penalised for two incidents in the second free practice, receiving a two second penalty in every qualifying round.
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^ Schumacher had won six races that year, the most memorable of which was in Hungary , where he pitted three times and had to do a whole stint lapping the circuit at qualifying speed, more than a second faster than anyone else to catch up with the McLaren.
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.In the press conference, he publicly accused Damon Hill of weaving dangerously as they fought for position, stating "If you want to kill me, find some other way", a statement widely condemned as either hypocritical, or a cynical ploy to divert attention from his actions with Frentzen.^ Schumacher personally confirmed his retirement in a very emotional statement during the post-race press conference, which is posted below.
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[124]
.Two laps from the finish of the 1998 British Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was leading the race when he was issued a stop-and-go penalty for overtaking a lapped car (Alexander Wurz) during the early moments of a Safety Car period.^ He was issued a 10s stop-and-go penalty for overtaking during the Safety Car laps.
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^ In the British Grand Prix, Schumacher was penalized for overtaking on the formation lap [5].
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^ During the 1997 European Grand Prix Schumacher was leading the race, followed by Villeneuve.
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.This penalty should have involved going into the pit lane and stopping for 10 seconds.^ Knowing that a conventional in-stop-out penalty would lose him the race to championship contender Mika Hkkinen, the team delayed him going into the pit for the penalty the allowed number of laps (3) and only served the penalty after the end of the race, thus avoided the slow out lap from the pit that would have caused him to lose the race.
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^ The handwritten notification was also unclear as to which penalty was actually being issued: a 10s stop/go, or 10 seconds added to Schumacher's race time (a penalty which could only be used to punish an infraction in the last 12 laps).
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^ He was issued a 10s stop-and-go penalty for overtaking during the Safety Car laps.
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.But as the penalty was given with fewer than 12 laps remaining, and since it was issued as a handwritten note, the Ferrari team was confused[citation needed] as to whether the penalty was a stop and go penalty or merely a penalty of 10 seconds to be added to Schumacher's race time.^ The handwritten notification was also unclear as to which penalty was actually being issued: a 10s stop/go, or 10 seconds added to Schumacher's race time (a penalty which could only be used to punish an infraction in the last 12 laps).
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^ He was issued a 10s stop-and-go penalty for overtaking during the Safety Car laps.
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^ The penalty (for overtaking Alex Wurz under safety car on lap 43 of 60) should have been issued within 25 minutes but Ferrari were informed 6 minutes after the limit had expired.
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.The rules state that a driver must serve his penalty within three laps of the penalty being issued, and on the third lap after receiving the penalty, Schumacher turned into the pit lane to serve his penalty.^ The penalty (for overtaking Alex Wurz under safety car on lap 43 of 60) should have been issued within 25 minutes but Ferrari were informed 6 minutes after the limit had expired.
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^ In 1998 season, Schumacher created controversy by winning the British GP in the pit lane.
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^ Knowing that a conventional in-stop-out penalty would lose him the race to championship contender Mika Hkkinen, the team delayed him going into the pit for the penalty the allowed number of laps (3) and only served the penalty after the end of the race, thus avoided the slow out lap from the pit that would have caused him to lose the race.
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.However, this was the last lap of the race, and as Ferrari's pit box was located after the start/finish line, Schumacher technically finished the race before serving the penalty.^ In qualifying for the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix after setting the fastest lap Schumacher drove round slowly on the racing line almost causing a collision with Gerhard Berger who was still on a fast lap.
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^ Schumacher's strong form continued at the European Grand Prix, where he beat Alonso in a closely contested battle, putting in a series of fast laps before his second pit-stop to emerge in front of Alonso.
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^ Schumacher also broke Nigel Mansell 's and his own record of 9 race wins for most victories in a season, scoring 11 and finishing every race on the podium.
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.The stewards initially resolved that problem by adding 10 seconds to Schumacher's race time, then later rescinded the penalty completely due to the irregularities in how the penalty had been issued.^ However, because the stewards had incorrectly issued the penalty Schumacher escaped punishment as the stewards later rescinded the penalty.
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^ The handwritten notification was also unclear as to which penalty was actually being issued: a 10s stop/go, or 10 seconds added to Schumacher's race time (a penalty which could only be used to punish an infraction in the last 12 laps).
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^ Schumacher had won six races that year, the most memorable of which was in Hungary , where he pitted three times and had to do a whole stint lapping the circuit at qualifying speed, more than a second faster than anyone else to catch up with the McLaren.
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[125]
.In the same season, after a race-ending collision whilst trying to lap David Coulthard in heavy spray during the Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher stormed into the McLaren garage and, as with the incident with Hill in Canada, accused Coulthard of trying to kill him.^ This incident caused a great deal of controversy with Schumacher storming into the McLaren garage after retiring and allegedly accusing Coulthard of trying to kill him.
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^ In the British Grand Prix, Schumacher was penalized for overtaking on the formation lap [5].
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^ First race = 1991 Belgian Grand Prix .
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.Television viewers saw an obviously-furious Schumacher shouting at Coulthard, while both McLaren and Ferrari team members attempted to restrain him and move him away from the McLaren garage.^ This incident caused a great deal of controversy with Schumacher storming into the McLaren garage after retiring and allegedly accusing Coulthard of trying to kill him.
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^ Yet some think Ferrari team orders was a major factor in Irvine's move to Jaguar in 2000 .
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^ Schumacher went on to win world championships in 1994 and 1995 with the Anglo-Italian team before joining the then uncompetitive Ferrari team for 1996.
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Coulthard recanted some 5 years later after an incident caused him to suffer a similar accident[53]
Rubens Barrichello makes way for Schumacher at the end of the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix
.Minor controversy came at the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix where, after being hit at the first corner, Schumacher slowly moved his stricken car out of the gravel, and abandoned it on the racing line.^ Schumacher ended up on the gravel and out of the race.
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^ Schumacher won the first 3 races of the season, and 5 of the first 8.
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^ At the Belgian Grand Prix Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, thus breaking Alain Prost's record for most career wins.
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.Critics saw this as an (unsuccessful) attempt to force the race director to restart the race (2000 rules would have allowed him to take the restart in the spare car).^ During the race itself, Schumacher battled back from the 22nd spot to finish 5th, although he was aided by four cars retiring from in front of him.
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^ During the race itself, Schumacher persevered through the penalty and battled back from the 22nd spot, passing 5 cars on the opening laps, moving him to 17th.
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^ Both of these incidents decided the World Championship, and Schumacher's critics allege that both incidents were intentional attempts by Schumacher to crash his rival out of the race.
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.Although Schumacher took the pole position during the qualifying for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, there was controversy near the end of the session.^ "Schumacher stripped of Monaco 2006 pole position".
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^ In qualifying for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix Schumacher set the fastest lap time.
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^ At the end of the final session Schumacher qualified second just behind his team mate Felipe Massa for Massa's first pole of the season and, more importantly he qualified in front of Fernando Alonso who qualified third without the controversial mass dampers in his Renault.
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.Schumacher stopped his car in the Rascasse corner, partially blocking the circuit, while his main contender for the season title, Fernando Alonso, was on his qualifying lap.^ In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, although Schumacher took pole position with Fernando Alonso 0.064 seconds behind him, there was uproar in the paddock after the end of qualifying, after he stopped his car at the Rascasse hairpin causing an obstruction for his rivals who were trying to set a faster time.
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^ In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix , although Schumacher took pole position with Fernando Alonso 0.064 seconds behind him, there was an uproar in the paddock after the end of qualifying, after he stopped his car on the circuit causing an obstruction for his rivals who were trying to set a faster time.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Fernando Alonso was penalised for two incidents in the second free practice, receiving a two second penalty in every qualifying round.
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.Schumacher stated that he simply locked up the wheels going into the corner and that the car then stalled while he attempted to reverse out.^ Despite the fact that the Ferrari was literally thrown into the side of the Williams, it was the red car that ended up on the gravel and out of the race.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Villeneuve managed to keep control of his car, but Schumacher's car bounced off Villeneuve's and into the gravel trap, where it became stuck.
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^ However, at the start of his hot laps in the third session Schumacher made a mistake by out braking himself down into the first corner.
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[126] Alonso believed he would have been on pole if the incident had not happened.[127] .Schumacher was later stripped of pole position by the race stewards and started the race at the back of the grid.^ (Races in bold indicate pole position) .
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^ "Schumacher stripped of Monaco 2006 pole position" .
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^ "Schumacher stripped of Monaco 2006 pole position".
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[126]

Family and off-track life

.Schumacher's younger brother Ralf was a Formula One driver until the end of 2007.[9] Their stepbrother Sebastian Stahl has also been competing as a race car driver.^ With his retirement, an era of Formula One racing ends."
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^ Michael Schumacher's younger brother Ralf, six years his junior, is also an F1 driver.
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^ Formule One Driver and brother Ralf Schumacher: .
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[128] .In August 1995, Michael married Corinna Betsch.^ Schumacher married Corinna Betsch in August 1995.
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.They have two children, Gina-Maria (born in 1997) and Mick (born in 1999).^ They have two children together, daughter Gina-Maria (b.
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.He has always been very protective of his private life[129] and is known to dislike the celebrity spotlight, preferring a simple life.^ Schumacher is very protective of his private life and takes every effort to keep his family out of the spotlight.
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The family currently lives near Gland, Switzerland. Their home is a 650 m² mansion with its own underground garage and petrol station, situated on a private beach on Lake Geneva.[130] The family has two dogs - one stray that Corinna fell in love with in Brazil, and an Australian Shepherd named "Ed" whose entrance to the family made headlines. Schumacher personally drove a taxi through the Bavarian town of Coburg after collecting the dog, enabling the family to catch their return flight to Switzerland.[131] Both Schumacher and the taxi driver were reprimanded by local police.[132]
.One of his main hobbies is horse riding, and he plays football for his local team FC Echichens.^ Michael's off-track interests include playing football (soccer) (actively in FC Aubonne), watching films, karaoke , playing tennis , swimming , and skiing .
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher's off-track interests include playing football (soccer) (actively in FC Echichens), watching films, karaoke, playing tennis, swimming, and skiing.
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^ Combining his hobby of football with charity, Schumacher has participated in several friendly games together with other Formula One drivers to raise money for charity.
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[133] .He has appeared in several football charity games[134] and organised games between Formula One drivers.^ Michael Schumacher ( //, born January 3 , 1969 , in Hürth Hermülheim , near Cologne ) is a German Formula One driver and seven-time Formula One world champion.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

^ Combining his hobby of football with charity, Schumacher has participated in several friendly games together with other Formula One drivers to raise money for charity.
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^ Alonso said later that season that he considered Schumacher "the most unsporting driver with the largest number of sanctions in the history of Formula One."
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[135]
.On 23 June 2003, Schumacher was appointed as an Ambassador at Large for the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.^ At the San Marino Grand Prix, Schumacher took his 66th pole position, breaking Senna's record of 65.
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^ Despite this, Schumacher had some moments, most notably his fight with Fernando Alonso in the San Marino GP and a pole in Hungary.
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^ At the San Marino Grand Prix , Schumacher took his 66th pole position, breaking Senna's record of 65.
  • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

[136][137]
.In 2004, Forbes Magazine listed him as the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world.^ According to EuroBusiness magazine [[1]], he is the world's first billionaire athlete, tens of millions of which he has donated to humanitarian causes.
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[138] .In 2005 Eurobusiness magazine identified Schumacher as the world's first billionaire athlete.^ According to EuroBusiness magazine [[1]], he is the world's first billionaire athlete, tens of millions of which he has donated to humanitarian causes.
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.His 2004 salary was reported to be around US$80 million.^ As of 2004, Schumacher earns an estimated US$80 million annually, including all his endorsement deals.
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[139] Forbes magazine ranked him 17th in their "The World's Most Powerful Celebrities" list.[140] A significant share of his income came from advertising. .For example, Deutsche Vermögensberatung paid him $8 million over three years from 1999 for wearing a 10 by 8 centimetre advertisement on his post-race cap.^ One notable deal is with the German investment company Deutsche Vermgensberatung, which will pay him US$8 million over three years for wearing a four-inch (10 cm) advertisement on his post-race hat.
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[141] .The deal was extended until 2010.[142] He donated $10 million for aid after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.^ In 2005, Schumacher donated US$10 million to charity for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake in a charity show on the German television network ZDF.[27] It was later announced that the two sons of Schumacher's bodyguard, Burkhard Cramer, had died while on holiday in Phuket, Thailand.
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^ As of 2004, Schumacher earns an estimated US$80 million annually, including all his endorsement deals.
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^ "CNN: Michael Schumacher donates US$10 million to tsunami relief".
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[143] .His donation surpassed that of any other sports person, most sports leagues, many worldwide corporations and even some countries.^ In fact, his donation surpassed that of any other sportsperson, most sports leagues, many worldwide corporations and even some countries.
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[144] .Schumacher's bodyguard Burkhard Cramer was killed in the tsunami along with his two sons.^ In 2005, Schumacher donated US$10 million to charity for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake in a charity show on the German television network ZDF.[27] It was later announced that the two sons of Schumacher's bodyguard, Burkhard Cramer, had died while on holiday in Phuket, Thailand.
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[145]
.Schumacher is a special ambassador to UNESCO and has donated 1.5 million Euros to the organization.^ Schumacher is a special ambassador to UNESCO and has donated US$3 million to the organization.
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^ Special ambassador to UNESCO .
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^ "CNN: Michael Schumacher donates US$10 million to tsunami relief".
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[146] .Additionally, he paid for the construction of a school for poor children and for area improvements in Dakar, Senegal.^ He has funded projects for the construction of a school in Senegal, a clinic in Sarajevo and a centre for street children in Peru.
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.He supports a hospital for child victims of war in Sarajevo, which specialises in caring for amputees.^ He has even taken the rare step of visiting Sarajevo to see how his funding has benefited child victims of war.
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.In Lima, Peru he funded the "Palace for the Poor", a centre for helping homeless street children obtain an education, clothing, food, medical attention, and shelter.^ He has funded projects for the construction of a school in Senegal, a clinic in Sarajevo and a centre for street children in Peru.
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He stated his interest in these various efforts was piqued both by his love for children and the fact that these causes had received little attention. While an exact figure for the amount of money he has donated throughout his life is unknown, it is known that in his last four years as a driver, he donated at least $50 million.[8] In 2008 it was revealed that he had donated between $5M and $10M to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park of Bill Clinton.[147]
.Since his participation in an FIA European road safety campaign, as part of his punishment after the collision at the 1997 European Grand Prix, Schumacher has continued to support other campaigns, such as Make Roads Safe, which is led by the FIA Foundation and calls on G8 countries and the UN to recognise global road deaths as a major global health issue.^ "FIA: Feature on Michael Schumacher's involvement in the launch of the European Road Safety Charter.
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^ In 1997, the FIA tasked Schumacher to promote road safety as part of his punishment conditions for the incident in Jerez.
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^ Michael Schumacher has also become a committed spokesman for road safety, most recently in support of the Make Roads Safe campaign.
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In 2008, Schumacher was the figurehead of an advertising campaign by Bacardi to raise awareness about responsible drinking, with a focus on communicating an international message 'drinking and driving don't mix'. He featured in an advertising campaign for television, cinema and online media, supported by consumer engagements, public relations and digital media across the world.[148]
On 21 June 2009, Schumacher appeared on BBC2's motoring programme Top Gear as The Stig.[149] Presenter Jeremy Clarkson hinted later in the programme that Schumacher was not the regular Stig. .The BBC has since confirmed that this is the case; Schumacher was there on that occasion because Ferrari would not allow anyone else to drive the Ferrari FXX which was featured in the show.^ In 1996, Schumacher signed a contract with Ferrari, which at the time was a highly risky move, given Ferrari's championship drought (the Italian giants had not won a title since 1979).
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^ While Schumacher was still on the podium after his win at the 2006 Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari issued a press release stating that he would retire from racing at the end of the 2006 season.
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^ However, in the press release stating his retirement, it also mentioned that Schumacher would stay on as part of Ferrari, but it did not state his role.
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[150]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1988 European Formula Ford 1600 Eufra Racing 4 1 1 0 3 50 2nd
German Formula Ford 1600 7 3 0 0 5 124 6th
Formula König Hoecker Sportwagenservice 10 9 1 1 10 192 1st
1989 German Formula Three WTS Racing 12 2 2 0 7 163 3rd
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
1990 World Sportscar Championship Team Sauber Mercedes 3 1 0 1 3 21 =5th
German Formula Three WTS Racing 11 5 6 4 7 148 1st
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 1 1 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 1 0 0 0 N/A 1st
1991 Formula One Team 7UP Jordan 1 0 0 0 0 0 14th
Camel Benetton Ford 5 0 0 0 0 4
World Sportscar Championship Team Sauber Mercedes 8 1 0 2 2 43 =9th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Zakspeed Mercedes 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Japanese Formula 3000 Team Le Mans 1 0 0 0 1 6 12th
1992 Formula One Camel Benetton Ford 16 1 0 2 8 53 3rd
1993 Formula One Camel Benetton Ford 16 1 0 5 9 52 4th
1994 Formula One Mild Seven Benetton Ford 14 8 6 8 10 92 1st
1995 Formula One Mild Seven Benetton Renault 17 9 4 8 11 102 1st
1996 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. 16 3 4 2 8 59 3rd
1997 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 5 3 3 8 78 DSQ*
1998 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 16 6 3 6 11 86 2nd
1999 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 10 2 3 5 6 44 5th
2000 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 9 9 2 12 108 1st
2001 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 9 11 3 14 123 1st
2002 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 11 7 7 17 144 1st
2003 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 16 6 5 5 9 93 1st
2004 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 13 8 10 15 148 1st
2005 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 19 1 1 3 5 62 3rd
2006 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 7 4 7 12 121 2nd
2010 Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas 1 0 0 0 0 8* 6th*
* Season in progress.
  • Source: Hilton, Christopher (2006). Michael Schumacher: The Whole Story. Haynes. ISBN 1-844250-08-3.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Jordan 191 Ford HBB 4 3.5 V8 USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL
Ret
12th 4
Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191 Ford HBA 5 3.5 V8 ITA
5
POR
6
ESP
6
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1992 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191B Ford HB 3.5 V8 RSA
4
MEX
3
BRA
3
3rd 53
Benetton B192 ESP
2
SMR
Ret
MON
4
CAN
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
3
HUN
Ret
BEL
1
ITA
3
POR
7
JPN
Ret
AUS
2
1993 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193 Ford HB 3.5 V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
3
4th 52
Benetton B193B EUR
Ret
SMR
2
ESP
3
MON
Ret
CAN
2
FRA
3
GBR
2
GER
2
HUN
Ret
BEL
2
ITA
Ret
POR
1
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1994 Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Zetec-R 3.5 V8 BRA
1
PAC
1
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
2
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
DSQ
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
DSQ
ITA
POR
EUR
1
JPN
2
AUS
Ret
1st 92
1995 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 BRA
1
ARG
3
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
MON
1
CAN
5
FRA
1
GBR
Ret
GER
1
HUN
Ret
BEL
1
ITA
Ret
POR
2
EUR
1
PAC
1
JPN
1
AUS
Ret
1st 102
1996 Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
3
ARG
Ret
EUR
2
SMR
2
MON
Ret
ESP
1
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNS
GBR
Ret
GER
4
HUN
9
BEL
1
ITA
1
POR
3
JPN
2
3rd 59
1997 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 3.0 V10 AUS
2
BRA
5
ARG
Ret
SMR
2
MON
1
ESP
4
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
4
BEL
1
ITA
6
AUT
6
LUX
Ret
JPN
1
EUR
Ret
DSQ† 78
1998 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
3
ARG
1
SMR
2
ESP
3
MON
10
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
AUT
3
GER
5
HUN
1
BEL
Ret
ITA
1
LUX
2
JPN
Ret
2nd 86
1999 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 3.0 V10 AUS
8
BRA
2
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
3
CAN
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
AUT
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
EUR
MAL
2
JPN
2
5th 44
2000 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2000 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 AUS
1
BRA
1
SMR
1
GBR
3
ESP
5
EUR
1
MON
Ret
CAN
1
FRA
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
2
BEL
2
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
1
MAL
1
1st 108
2001 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
1
BRA
2
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
AUT
2
MON
1
CAN
2
EUR
1
FRA
1
GBR
2
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
1
ITA
4
USA
2
JPN
1
1st 123
2002 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
3
1st 144
Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 BRA
1
SMR
1
ESP
1
AUT
1
MON
2
CAN
1
EUR
2
GBR
1
FRA
1
GER
1
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
2
USA
2
JPN
1
2003 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 AUS
4
MAL
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
1
1st 93
Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 ESP
1
AUT
1
MON
3
CAN
1
EUR
5
FRA
3
GBR
4
GER
7
HUN
8
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
8
2004 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
1
BHR
1
SMR
1
ESP
1
MON
Ret
EUR
1
CAN
1
USA
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
GER
1
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
2
CHN
12
JPN
1
BRA
7
1st 148
2005 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004M Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
7
3rd 62
Ferrari F2005 Ferrari 055 3.0 V10 BHR
Ret
SMR
2
ESP
Ret
MON
7
EUR
5
CAN
2
USA
1
FRA
3
GBR
6
GER
5
HUN
2
TUR
Ret
ITA
10
BEL
Ret
BRA
4
JPN
7
CHN
Ret
2006 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
2
MAL
6
AUS
Ret
SMR
1
EUR
1
ESP
2
MON
5
GBR
2
CAN
2
USA
1
FRA
1
GER
1
HUN
8
TUR
3
ITA
1
CHN
1
JPN
Ret
BRA
4
2nd 121
2010 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 BHR
6
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
6th* 8*
* Season in progress.
† - Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 WDC due to dangerous driving in the European Grand Prix, where he caused an avoidable accident with Villeneuve. His points tally would have placed him in second place in that year's standings.[52]

Formula One records

As of the end of the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher holds the following Formula One records:
Record Number
Championship titles 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Consecutive titles 5 (20002004)
Race victories 91
Consecutive wins[3] 7 (2004, EuropeHungary)
Wins with one team 72 (Ferrari)
Wins at same GP 8 (France)
Wins at different GPs 22
Longest Time between first and last wins 14 years, 1 month and 2 days
Second places 43
Podiums (Top 3) 154
Consecutive podium finishes 19 (US 2001Japan 2002)
Points finishes 191
Consecutive points finishes 24 (Hungary 2001Malaysia 2003)
Laps leading 4741 (22,155 km)[151]
Pole positions 68
Front row starts 115
Fastest laps 76
Doubles (Pole and win) 40
Perfect Score (Pole, fastest lap and win) 22
Championship points 1,377
Most points in a season for a runner-up 121 (2006)
Most wins in a season for a runner-up[4] 7 (2006)
Wins at Indianapolis (any racing class) 5
Wins at Monza (Formula One) 5
Wins in a season 13 (72%) (2004)
Fastest laps in a season[5] 10 (2004)
Points scored in a season 148 (82% of Max available) (2004)
Podium finishes in a season 17 (100%) (2002)
Championship won with most races left 6 (2002)
Consecutive years with a win 15 (19922006)
Consecutive days as champion 1813 (from 8 October 2000 until 25 September 2005)
It is also of note that as of the end of 2004 season, he did win every circuit he had ever raced in at least once. For him to regain the record upon his return to Formula 1, he will have to win at Turkish Grand Prix, and the new night races at Singapore and Valencia and any new races introduced in the 2010 season (The day/night race at Abu Dhabi and maybe Korea).
^ Record shared with Alberto Ascari (1952 Belgian GP1953 Argentine GP). Some sources credit Ascari with nine consecutive wins, disregarding the 1953 Indianapolis 500 race, in which Ascari did not compete. The American race formed part of the world championship, but was not run to the same regulations as the other races and was very rarely attended by world championship drivers.
^ Record shared with Kimi Räikkönen (2005) and Alain Prost (1984 and 1988).
^ Record shared with Kimi Räikkönen (2005 and 2008).[152]

Books and movies

  • Allen, James (1999). Michael Schumacher: Driven to Extremes. Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-81214-9. 
  • Allen, James (2007). Edge of Greatness. Headline. ISBN 978-0-7553-1678-6. 
  • Collings, Timothy (2004). The Piranha Club. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0965-2. 
  • Collings, Timothy (2005). Team Schumacher. Highdown. ISBN 1-905156-03-0. 
  • Domenjoz, Luc (2002). Michael Schumacher: Rise of a genius. Parragon. ISBN 0-75259-228-9. 
  • Henry, Alan (ed.) (1992). Autocourse 1992 - 93. Hazleton Publishing. ISBN 0-905138-96-1. 
  • Henry, Alan (1996). Wheel to Wheel: Great Duels of Formula One Racing. Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated. ISBN 0-7538-0522-7. 
  • Hilton, Christopher (2003). Michael Schumacher: The greatest of all. Haynes. ISBN 1-84425-044-X. 
  • Hilton, Christopher (2006). Michael Schumacher: The Whole Story. Haynes. ISBN 1-844250-08-3. 
  • Kehm, Sabine (2003). Michael Schumacher. Driving Force. Random House. ISBN 0-091894-352. 
  • Matchett, Steve (1995). Life in the Fast Lane: The Story of the Benetton Grand Prix Year. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-81610-1. 
  • Matchett, Steve (1999). The Mechanic's Tale: Life in the Pit Lanes of Formula One. Osceola, WI: MBI Pub.. ISBN 0-7603-0754-7. 
  • Williams, Richard (1999). The Death of Ayrton Senna. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-747544-956. 
Schumacher had a voice in the Pixar movie Cars. His character is himself as a car. He also appeared as himself in a French movie Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games.

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From Wikiquote

.Michael Schumacher (born January 3, 1969 in Hürth, near Cologne) is a German Formula One driver and the most successful driver of all time.^ That apprentice is now the most successful racing driver of all time.” .
  • Michael Schumacher : F1 Minute : Bytesize Formula 1 News 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.f1minute.com [Source type: General]

^ "This is what Formula One is all about."
  • Michael Schumacher wins Monaco GP - Motor Racing, Sport - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Schumacher coy on Formula One future .

.He is also the first and only German to win the drivers' championship.^ Schumacher is the only German to have won the drivers' championship.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ He is the first German to win the F1 World championship.
  • Michael Schumacher - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ He is also the first and only German to win the drivers' championship.
  • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • "With the car we had, getting a pole was sort of obvious."
  • "I think that compared to other teams we are looking competitive, but we need to wait till everybody is running on low fuel and with new tyres.^ Now he has a first class opportunity - as does the team - of learning something about the car and improving it, just when they need to most.

    ^ On investigation, the FIA discovered illegal software in the Benetton and other teams' cars, but no evidence that it had been used in a race.
    • Michael Schumacher - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    ^ MS: I think there would have been no other teams seriously considered, no.
    • autosport.com - F1 News: Q and A with Michael Schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.autosport.com [Source type: General]

    .I still reckon that there are four teams capable of winning."
  • "Never think that success is down to your own performance alone.^ "Never think that success is down to your own performance alone.
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I still reckon that there are four teams capable of winning."
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Still, it's shaping up to be an interesting season rather than a redwash: looks like there should be three or four teams actually in contention at most races.
    • Michael Schumacher is a fool - AppleInsider 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC forums.appleinsider.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .If you start listening only to yourself you take the first step back towards the bottom.^ If you take part in the meeting consisted with a lot of people, you don't hurry about making conclusion, but need to listen to other's opinions.
    • Analysis of Michael Schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.synastry.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Michael Schumacher begins tests for Formula One comeback Michael Schumacher takes a step back in effort to hit top gear .
    • Michael Schumacher 'astonished' by FIA's new rules - Times Online 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ If only you guys back in Malaysia know how lucky you are to be able to see The Great Schumy with Petronas jersey.
    • CONFIRMED: Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes GP! 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC paultan.org [Source type: General]

    .The flowers of victory belong in many vases."
  • "Just being a mediocre driver has never been my ambition.^ The flowers of victory belong in many vases."
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Just being a mediocre driver has never been my ambition.
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ With the title however came a change of fortune and the remaining four races resulted in just one victory and too many rookie errors for the world champion.
    • Sporting Life - F1 News | Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

    .That's not my style."
  • "I'm Michael Schumacher.^ Mercedes supported me for so many years when I began my Formula 1 career and now I can hopefully give something back to the brand with the star.” – Michael Schumacher .
    • F1 Wolf | Formula 1 Blog from F1Wolf | 2010 F1 Drivers - Mercedes GP confirm Michael Schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.f1wolf.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The second half of the concert includes my arabic numeral (any integer) (1960) in the realization 997 , performed by Michael Schumacher in the classic solo piano version.
    • Works for Cello and Piano: Charles Curtis and Michael J. Schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.diapasongallery.org [Source type: General]

    ^ APA Style: Michael Schumacher .
    • Michael Schumacher (German race-car driver) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

    .I don't need to test my driving ability".
  • "We are always there, we always fight, we never give up...^ In an interview he said "It's hard to put up a fight when you don't have the same weapons".
    • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher at AllExperts 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: News]

    ^ There’s always new material being posted, and the forum gives people the chance to share ideas.
    • Michael Schumacher Interview 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.ssefo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't get it but there I go again trying to understand how someone could do something so EVIL. I wonder if Kelly and Michael were always mentally ill or what.
    • Kelly Lau & Michael Schumacher: Livin’ The Dream - The Dreamin' Demon 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.dreamindemon.com [Source type: General]

    thats why we are here."
  • .
  • "I've always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there's only a slightest chance"
  • "I like to share my life, and spend time with someone I love.^ We'd love to find you someone special .
    • Michael Schumacher 'astonished' by FIA's new rules - Times Online 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ I like to share my life, and spend time with someone I love.
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ "I've always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there's only a slightest chance" "I like to share my life, and spend time with someone I love.
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .That has worked 100 per cent with my wife.^ That has worked 100 per cent with my wife.'
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ "I made sure myself, and 100 per cent with the neck there are no more issues," he said.
    • canadaeast.com - It's official: Michael Schumacher to return to Formula 1 with Mercedes in 2010 | Geir Moulson, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.canadaeast.com [Source type: News]

    ."
  • "I will do everything I can to bring the Number One to Ferrari.^ "I will do everything I can to bring the Number One to Ferrari.
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The whole team and all the fans deserve it."
  • "In sport there is never any moment that is the same as the other.^ 'In sport there is never any moment that is the same as the other.
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ The whole team and all the fans deserve it."
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "In sport there is never any moment that is the same as the other.
    • Michael Schumacher Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com Australia 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC au.askmen.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I have been in Formula One for 12 years, and out of that I had one year with the perfect car.^ I have been in Formula One for 12 years, and out of that I had one year with the perfect car,' he says with a hint of irritation.
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ I have been in Formula One for 12 years, and out of that I had one year with the perfect car.
    • Michael Schumacher Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com UK 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC uk.askmen.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Schumacher has not tested the current F60, and has not driven a Formula One car since April 2008 when he tested the F2008 at Barcelona.
    • Michael Schumacher Is Coming Back To Formula One | Bleacher Report 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

    ."
  • "My kids are not known, and I think that is very important.^ "My kids are not known, and I think that is very important.
    • Michael Schumacher - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 'My kids are not known, and I think that is very important.
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ They made a screening for us which I was very thankful for, I was able to get my kids there and my friends there and we had a wonderful time, its such a lovely movie.
    • Taming the Schu: An interview with Michael Schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.autoweek.com [Source type: General]

    .So far they have lived a normal life, and will continue to do so.^ So far they have lived a normal life, and will continue to do so.
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ I feel they should have the possibility to live a free life without the burden of fame I have created.'
    • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    .I feel they should have the possibility to live a free life without the burden of fame I have created.^ I have­ my opinions about F1, you have yours, whether they are­ unpopular is your choice and your right, its a free­ country, and should be freedom of speech who ever you­ support.
    • Nigel Mansell backs Michael Schumacher to win again on return to F1 - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

    "

About Schumacher

  • "He is incredibly professional. .If you had to go for a heart operation you'd want somebody who was the Schumacher of the heart surgery world to do the job, because you can rely on him."^ It means a lot to me that I stood on the same podium with him because I can say I stood in the company of someone who is probably untouchable in his achievements, but the way he has got to this point has never been straightforward.
    • Michael Schumacher: Big wheel - Profiles, People - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ This kart-racing simulation lets you go head-to-head against a variety of opponents, including professional racer Michael Schumacher.
    • Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005 for PC - GameRankings 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.gamerankings.com [Source type: General]
    • Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005 for PC - GameFAQs 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.gamefaqs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ross Brawn, the Manchester- born technical director who has guided Schumacher to his record seven world championships, said: “People cannot understand what it is like to be Schumacher.
    • Schumacher pulls over for charity - Times Online 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

    (...). .He laughs as he considers the dominance of his old enemy. "Fortunately Michael wasn't like that in 1996! The fact he is still winning makes me feel a lot better.^ After winning two championships with Benetton, Michael Schumacher moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000?2004.
    • Michael Schumacher F1 Collection - Ferrari Apparel | Michael Schumacher Wallpaper | Biography 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Formula One: Schumacher Wins European Grand Prix Michael Schumacher wins the pit-stop duel in the European grand prix and shows that he still has the skill to test his rivals.
    • Michael Schumacher - Racing Driver 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.buzzle.com [Source type: General]

    ^ (I would still like to see Jenson Button win the WC this year though) .
    • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    .It's not so bad to be beaten by the best driver who's ever lived.^ Who could conceivably want to copy a tire that had nearly sent the world's best race driver to the Great Beyond just a few seconds earlier?
    • SPIEGEL SPECIAL - THE GERMANS: Michael Schumacher: The Reluctant Hero - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.spiegel.de [Source type: General]

    Nobody really knew that then. I was first into the arena, the first Christian thrown to the lions" --Damon Hill, The Guardian, 2004
  • Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo:[1]
."I always said that the decision to retire would be his alone but now that decision has been taken I feel a sense of sadness.^ "I always said that the decision to retire would be his alone but now that decision has been taken I feel a sense of sadness.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ "Three years of absence gave back all the energy that I'm feeling right now," the seven-time world champion said.
  • Michael Schumacher Mercedes: Formula One Legend Returns With Newly-Formed Team | World News | Sky News 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC news.sky.com [Source type: News]

^ HE SAYS "I always said I would do this right up until I believed I could no longer do it as well as I wanted.
  • Michael Schumacher: Big wheel - Profiles, People - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

We have lived through some unforgettable times together, some good and some bad, achieving results that will be hard to equal."
  • Ferrari team boss Jean Todt:[1]
."Michael has been the author of a unique chapter in the history of Formula 1 and of Ferrari in particular.^ "Michael has been the author of a unique chapter in the history of Formula 1 and of Ferrari in particular.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ Michael Schumacher's bid for an eighth world title provides Formula One with one of the most eagerly anticipated championship seasons in history.
  • Michael Schumacher - Sports - Road Runner 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.rr.com [Source type: General]
  • Michael Schumacher - Sports - Road Runner 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.roadrunner.com [Source type: General]

^ Click above for high-res gallery of Schumacher and the California Michael Schumacher may have departed the Formula One grid, but he has most definitely not left Ferrari.
  • Michael Schumacher — Autoblog 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.autoblog.com [Source type: General]

.It has yet to reach its conclusion and what he has achieved extends over and above the results obtained.^ It has yet to reach its conclusion and what he has achieved extends over and above the results obtained.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

He is an exceptional man and will become a legend as a driver."
  • Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn:[2]
."Everybody will miss Michael, whoever they are.^ "Everybody will miss Michael, whoever they are.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.It is a big event for everyone.^ It is a big event for everyone.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.I think someone of his ability, someone of his experience, and someone of his involvement will be very badly missed.^ I think someone of his ability, someone of his experience, and someone of his involvement will be very badly missed.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

But F1 goes on, Ferrari goes on."
  • Ferrari chief designer Rory Byrne, who designed all of Schumacher's championship winning cars:
."He will be missed as a friend and colleague and as the ultimate professional.^ "He will be missed as a friend and colleague and as the ultimate professional.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.It's the end of Michael's career in Formula One so in that sense, it is the end of an era.^ AS ONE incendiary era comes to an end, the return of Michael Schuma .
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Sport | Motorsport | Formula one, touring cars, Le Mans, rally driving results and news 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.dailyexpress.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ With his retirement, an era of Formula One racing ends."
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ Formula One career .
  • Michael Schumacher - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

When you look at his record, that's going to be difficult to beat."
  • Formula One driver and brother Ralf Schumacher:
."I am sure he has thought long and hard about his decision and I respect it.^ "I am sure he has thought long and hard about his decision and I respect it.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

I've enjoyed racing with him and I wish him all the best both for the championship and the future."
  • Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda:[3]
."If the best guy in the world retires it is certainly a sad day.^ "If the best guy in the world retires it is certainly a sad day.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ A banal postscript, no doubt, to an unprecedented career; one that has shattered every record and persuaded another great champion, Austria's Niki Lauda, to declare this week: "If the best guy in the world retires, it is certainly a sad day.
  • Michael Schumacher: Big wheel - Profiles, People - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

.You can say whatever you want, he won seven world championships and he might win another one.^ You can say whatever you like, Michael won seven world titles and he may yet win another one.
  • Michael Schumacher: Big wheel - Profiles, People - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ You can say whatever you want, he won seven world championships and he might win another one.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ World Championships on one beautiful poster!
  • schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC autosport.net [Source type: General]

.There is nobody like him in the world, he is unique.^ There is nobody like him in the world, he is unique.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ There is simply no one like him in the world."
  • Michael Schumacher: Big wheel - Profiles, People - The Independent 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

It's sad that he retires. But I know you have to retire one day and I respect that."
."People have said to me that F1 is boring because he wins everything.^ "People have said to me that F1 is boring because he wins everything.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ My point was that I think he's been unfairly accused of making F1 boring by winning so much, whereas in my opinion his achievements are something that should be celebrated.
  • Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement to replace Felipe Massa | Sport | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ "I'm glad I achieved this with such a tremendous team, with people behind me whom I love and admire their effort and determination," Schumacher said after winning his fifth crown.
  • Be like Mike: with 11 victories and a commanding performance by his Ferrari team, Michael Schumacher was the envy of the motor sports world this year - Driver Of The Year | Auto Racing Digest | Find Articles at BNET 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC findarticles.com [Source type: News]

.So presumably when he's not here, people will be happy.^ So presumably when he's not here, people will be happy.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

But we'll miss him, because he is a superstar."
  • FIA president Max Mosley:[2]
."Any top driver when he leaves will be missed.^ "Any top driver when he leaves will be missed.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.Michael's probably the furthest up the scale of anyone because he's got an unbeaten record.^ Michael's probably the furthest up the scale of anyone because he's got an unbeaten record.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ Schumacher talks up Monza Formula one: Michael Schumacher cruised to an all-time record 10th win in a single season at Spa.
  • Michael Schumacher - Racing Driver 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.buzzle.com [Source type: General]

It won't damage F1 in any way but I think all of us who follow it will miss him clearly because he is an exceptional driver."
  • Formula One world champion and ex-rival Damon Hill:
."It's a brave decision to stop doing something he loves.^ "It's a brave decision to stop doing something he loves.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.We sort of know how he'll be remembered but over time his successes will mark an era when his dedication to winning gave the championship colour.^ We sort of know how he'll be remembered but over time his successes will mark an era when his dedication to winning gave the championship colour.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ This is an ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMETHING 10 TIMES BETTER! Alesi certainly did not win a championship.
  • schumacher 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC autosport.net [Source type: General]

^ I think he'll be doubly motivated to win the championship.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.I think he'll be doubly motivated to win the championship.^ I think he'll be doubly motivated to win the championship.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ We sort of know how he'll be remembered but over time his successes will mark an era when his dedication to winning gave the championship colour.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ I think he'll do well next year and hopefully he'll be able to do battle with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton for the world championship.
  • Michael Schumacher signs for Mercedes - report | Stuff.co.nz 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.stuff.co.nz [Source type: News]

.He's certainly capable of winning races.^ He's certainly capable of winning races.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

.I think it's hard to give that up.^ I think it's hard to give that up.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

I think he's doing the right thing for himself.
  • "I'm looking forward to F1 without Michael and hoping that we will see some real competition again between drivers within teams as well as drivers against each other in other teams."[4]
."I think we lose and we will miss a great champion on the track.^ "I think we lose and we will miss a great champion on the track.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ "It is a pity for F1 to lose such a great champion, but the time to stop comes to everyone."
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ This unoffiicial Fernando Alonso calendar features some great pictures of Formula 1 Racing Champion Frnando Alonso on and off the racing car track .
  • FORMULA 1 Calendars, FI Drivers, Schumacher ..., Calendar Toy Action Figure Poster Picture Game Standup UK Cheapest 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.starstore.com [Source type: General]

He beat all the records so he has the best numbers in Formula One but I think maybe F1 will focus more on sport after that."
  • Former Ferrari Formula One driver Gerhard Berger:[2]
"It is a pity for F1 to lose such a great champion, but the time to stop comes to everyone."
  • Former Formula One driver and two time Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi:[2]
"He has everything to lose and nothing to gain, so it's very logical and sensible to retire while he's on top of his game, but knowing Michael, everything he has been able to do, I think he would still have the energy to continue."
  • Formula One driver David Coulthard:
."Winning at Monza was a fitting way to announce his departure.^ "Winning at Monza was a fitting way to announce his departure.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

Irrespective of whether people are believers in Michael's race ethics or not, you have to recognise he's been a great champion and it's the end of an era."
  • Formula One driver Jarno Trulli:
."We will miss him a little bit as a driver.^ "We will miss him a little bit as a driver.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

^ It won't damage F1 in any way but I think all of us who follow it will miss him clearly because he is an exceptional driver."
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

We will miss him a lot in the football matches."
"Michael achieved great things, he's phenomenal, and I don't think many other drivers could have done as well as he has, so I don't expect to go and beat his record, but at one point it has to be a goal"
  • Mercedes motorsport head Norbert Haug:
."For me it is sad to learn that he will retire.^ "For me it is sad to learn that he will retire.
  • Michael Schumacher biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (sports: racing) 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

With his retirement, an era of Formula One racing ends."
  • Comedian Al Murray:
"Well we've got to discuse the Schumacher question. Let's face it. Old Schumacher, we have to face this. He's German. .He's German, The car's Italian.^ And it wasn't just the British - when Schumacher joined Ferrari many Italians were uneasy about a German driving their beloved car better than any Italian could.
  • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.He's German, the car's Italian, but it's designed by British designers.^ And it wasn't just the British - when Schumacher joined Ferrari many Italians were uneasy about a German driving their beloved car better than any Italian could.
  • Michael Schumacher interview | Sport | The Observer 28 January 2010 0:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

He's one of us! He's driving for Britain! He's British, technically, on paper!"

Notes and references

  1. a b "Planet-F1: Todt and Montezemolo hail 'legend' Schumi". Retrieved Sep. 12, 2006.
  2. a b c d e f "BBC SPORT: Thoughts on Schumacher". Retrieved Sep. 10, 2006.
  3. "Fox Sports: Lauda salutes 'unique' champion". Retrieved Sep. 12, 2006.
  4. ""Schumacher not good for F1" - Hill BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2006

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Michael Schumacher
File:Michael Schumacher 2010
Michael Schumacher at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Nationality German
Date of birth 3 January 1969 (1969-01-03) (age 42)
Formula One World Championship career
Races 269 (268 starts)
Championships 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Wins 91
Podiums 154
Career points 1,441
Pole positions 68
Fastest laps 76
First race 1991 Belgian Grand Prix
First win 1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2006 position 9th (72 points)

Michael Schumacher (born 3 January 1969 in Hürth, near Cologne) is a German Formula 1 driver. He has won seven world championship titles and has the most Grand Prix victories in the world. This champion, nicknamed campionissimo by Italian fans of Ferrari, is considered the most popular German personality in the world. Michael's younger brother Ralf is also a Formula 1 driver. When he was small, his father gave him a little kart. It had a small motor bike engine in it. He started getting interest from that time.

Contents

Pre-F1 career

In 1984 Michael won the German Kart Championship and went on to win many more. In 1987 he won the German and European Kart Championship. Michael signed up with Will Weber's Formula 3 race team and won the 1990 championship.

F1 career

1991

He made his debut in the Belgian Grand Prix on 25 August. He impressed many fans as he qualified 7th on a track where he had never previously(before) driven with an inferior car. At the start be burnt the clutch and retired.

He was quickly snapped up by Benetton and finished in 5th place at the Italian Grand Prix. He followed it up with 6th in both Portugal and at the then new Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. He then crashed out in Japan and spun in the torrential rain at the season finale in Australia. In the 6 races he entered, he scored 4 points and 14th in the championship.

1992

He started the season off well with 4th in South Africa followed by his maiden podium finish in 3rd at the Mexican Grand Prix. He followed it up with another 3rd place in Brazil and 2nd in Spain. In San Marino he crashed out, then came 4th in Monaco and 2nd in Canada. He spun off in the rain at the French Grand Prix and finished 4th in Britain and 3rd in Germany. He retired again in Hungary but at Spa Francorchamps, where he made his debut, he won a rain-affected race. He came 3rd in Italy, 7th in Portugal, retired in Japan and came 2nd in Australia. He finished the season in 3rd place overall (in front of Senna) with a total of 53 points. . . .

2010

He qualified 9th for the South Korea GP.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1988 European Formula Ford 1600 Eufra Racing 4 1 1 0 3 50 2nd
German Formula Ford 1600 7 3 0 0 5 124 6th
Formula König Hoecker Sportwagenservice 10 9 1 1 10 192 1st
1989 German Formula Three WTS Racing 12 2 2 0 7 163 3rd
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
1990 World Sportscar Championship Team Sauber Mercedes 3 1 0 1 3 21 =5th
German Formula Three WTS Racing 11 5 6 4 7 148 1st
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 1 1 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 1 0 0 0 N/A 1st
1991 Formula One Team 7UP Jordan 1 0 0 0 0 0 14th
Camel Benetton Ford 5 0 0 0 0 4
World Sportscar Championship Team Sauber Mercedes 8 1 0 2 2 43 =9th
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Zakspeed Mercedes 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Japanese Formula 3000 Team Le Mans 1 0 0 0 1 6 12th
1992 Formula One Camel Benetton Ford 16 1 0 2 8 53 3rd
1993 Formula One Camel Benetton Ford 16 1 0 5 9 52 4th
1994 Formula One Mild Seven Benetton Ford 14 8 6 8 10 92 1st
1995 Formula One Mild Seven Benetton Renault 17 9 4 8 11 102 1st
1996 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. 16 3 4 2 8 59 3rd
1997 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 5 3 3 8 78 DSQ
1998 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 16 6 3 6 11 86 2nd
1999 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 10 2 3 5 6 44 5th
2000 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 9 9 2 12 108 1st
2001 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 9 11 3 14 123 1st
2002 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 11 7 7 17 144 1st
2003 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 16 6 5 5 9 93 1st
2004 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 13 8 10 15 148 1st
2005 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 19 1 1 3 5 62 3rd
2006 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 7 4 7 12 121 2nd
2007 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Test driver
2008 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Test driver
2009 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Test driver
2010 Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas 19 0 0 0 0 72 9th

* Season in progress.

  • Source: Hilton, Christopher (2006). Michael Schumacher: The Whole Story. Haynes. ISBN 1-84425-008-3.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Jordan 191 Ford HBB 4 3.5 V8 USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL
Ret
14th 4
Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191 Ford HBA 5 3.5 V8 ITA
5
POR
6
ESP
6
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1992 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191B Ford HB 3.5 V8 RSA
4
MEX
3
BRA
3
3rd 53
Benetton B192 ESP
2
SMR
Ret
MON
4
CAN
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
3
HUN
Ret
BEL
1
ITA
3
POR
7
JPN
Ret
AUS
2
1993 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193 Ford HB 3.5 V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
3
4th 52
Benetton B193B EUR
Ret
SMR
2
ESP
3
MON
Ret
CAN
2
FRA
3
GBR
2
GER
2
HUN
Ret
BEL
2
ITA
Ret
POR
1
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1994 Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Zetec-R 3.5 V8 BRA
1
PAC
1
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
2
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
DSQ
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
DSQ
ITA
POR
EUR
1
JPN
2
AUS
Ret
1st 92
1995 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 BRA
1
ARG
3
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
MON
1
CAN
5
FRA
1
GBR
Ret
GER
1
HUN
11
BEL
1
ITA
Ret
POR
2
EUR
1
PAC
1
JPN
1
AUS
Ret
1st 102
1996 Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
3
ARG
Ret
EUR
2
SMR
2
MON
Ret
ESP
1
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNS
GBR
Ret
GER
4
HUN
9
BEL
1
ITA
1
POR
3
JPN
2
3rd 59
1997 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 3.0 V10 AUS
2
BRA
5
ARG
Ret
SMR
2
MON
1
ESP
4
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
4
BEL
1
ITA
6
AUT
6
LUX
Ret
JPN
1
EUR
Ret
DSQ↓ 78
1998 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
3
ARG
1
SMR
2
ESP
3
MON
10
CAN
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
AUT
3
GER
5
HUN
1
BEL
Ret
ITA
1
LUX
2
JPN
Ret
2nd 86
1999 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 3.0 V10 AUS
8
BRA
2
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
3
CAN
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
AUT
 
GER
 
HUN
 
BEL
 
ITA
 
EUR
 
MAL
2
JPN
2
5th 44
2000 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2000 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 AUS
1
BRA
1
SMR
1
GBR
3
ESP
5
EUR
1
MON
Ret
CAN
1
FRA
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
2
BEL
2
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
1
MAL
1
1st 108
2001 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
1
BRA
2
SMR
Ret
ESP
1
AUT
2
MON
1
CAN
2
EUR
1
FRA
1
GBR
2
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
1
ITA
4
USA
2
JPN
1
1st 123
2002 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
3
1st 144
Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 BRA
1
SMR
1
ESP
1
AUT
1
MON
2
CAN
1
EUR
2
GBR
1
FRA
1
GER
1
HUN
2
BEL
1
ITA
2
USA
2
JPN
1
2003 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 AUS
4
MAL
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
1
1st 93
Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 ESP
1
AUT
1
MON
3
CAN
1
EUR
5
FRA
3
GBR
4
GER
7
HUN
8
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
8
2004 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 AUS
1
MAL
1
BHR
1
SMR
1
ESP
1
MON
Ret
EUR
1
CAN
1
USA
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
GER
1
HUN
1
BEL
2
ITA
2
CHN
12
JPN
1
BRA
7
1st 148
2005 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004M Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
7
3rd 62
Ferrari F2005 Ferrari 055 3.0 V10 BHR
Ret
SMR
2
ESP
Ret
MON
7
EUR
5
CAN
2
USA
1
FRA
3
GBR
6
GER
5
HUN
2
TUR
Ret
ITA
10
BEL
Ret
BRA
4
JPN
7
CHN
Ret
2006 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
2
MAL
6
AUS
Ret
SMR
1
EUR
1
ESP
2
MON
5
GBR
2
CAN
2
USA
1
FRA
1
GER
1
HUN
8
TUR
3
ITA
1
CHN
1
JPN
Ret
BRA
4
2nd 121
2010 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 BHR
6
AUS
10
MAL
Ret
CHN
10
ESP
4
MON
12
TUR
4
CAN
11
EUR
15
GBR
9
GER
9
HUN
11
BEL
7
ITA
9
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* Season in progress.
Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 WDC due to dangerous driving in the European Grand Prix, where he caused an avoidable accident with Villeneuve. His points tally would have placed him in second place in that year's standings.[1]

Formula One records

As of the end of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher holds the following Formula One records:

Record Number
Championship titles 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Consecutive titles 5 (20002004)
Race victories 91
Consecutive wins[1] 7 (2004, EuropeHungary)
Wins with one team 72 (Ferrari)
Wins at same GP 8 (France)
Wins at different GPs 22
Longest Time between first and last wins 14 years, 1 month and 2 days
Second places 43
Podiums (Top 3) 154
Consecutive podium finishes 19 (2001 US 20012002 Japan 2002)
Total races finished in the points 202
Consecutive points finishes 24 (2001 Hungary 20012003 Malaysia 2003)
Laps leading 4741 (22,155 km)[2]
Total pole positions 68
Front row starts 115
Fastest laps 76
Doubles (Pole and win) 40
Perfect Score (Pole, fastest lap and win) 22
Career Championship points 1,441
Most wins in a season for a runner-up[2] 7 (2006)
Wins at Indianapolis (any racing class) 5
Wins at Monza (Formula One) 5
Most wins in a season 13 (72%) (2004)
Most fastest laps in a season[3] 10 (2004)
Most podium positions in a season 17 (100%) (2002)
Championship won with most races left 6 (2002)
Largest championship-winning margin 67 (2002)
Consecutive years with a win 15 (19922006)
Most races with 1 team 181 (Ferrari)
Consecutive days as champion 1813 (from 8 October 2000 until 25 September 2005)

^  Record shared with Alberto Ascari (1952 Belgian Grand Prix1953 Argentine Grand Prix). Some sources credit Ascari with nine consecutive wins, disregarding the 1953 Indianapolis 500 race, in which Ascari did not compete. The American race formed part of the world championship, but was not run to the same regulations as the other races and was very rarely attended by world championship drivers.

^  Record shared with Alain Prost (1984 and 1988) and Kimi Räikkönen (2005).

^  Record shared with Kimi Räikkönen (2005 and 2008).[3]

References

  1. "FIA World Motor Sport Council – 11 November 1997" (PDF). FIA. 1997-11-11. http://www.fia.com/resources/documents/2064282370__11_11_1997_WMSC.pdf. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  2. "Michael Schumacher". The Formula One Database. www.f1db.com. 2006. http://www.f1db.com/f1/page/Michael_Schumacher. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  3. All race and championship results (1991–2006) are taken from the Official Formula 1 Website. 1991 Season review onwards. www.formula1.com. Retrieved 23 May 2007

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