Michael Schumacher

German racing driver

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.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher 2010 Malaysia.jpg
Michael Schumacher at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Born (1969-01-03) 3 January 1969 (age 51)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityGerman
Entries280 (279 starts)
Championships7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Wins91
Podiums154
Career points1,473
Pole positions68
Fastest laps76
First entry1991 Belgian Grand Prix
First win1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Last entry2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
2010 position9th (72 points)

Pre-F1 careerEdit

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. Schumacher signed up with Will Weber's Formula 3 race team and won the 1990 championship.

F1 careerEdit

Jordan (1991)Edit

DebutEdit

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 he burnt the clutch and retired.

Benetton (1991-1995)Edit

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.

1992Edit

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.

1993Edit

Williams dominated the season with it's active suspension, and Benetton quickly made a similar one to match Williams. Schumacher won the Portuguese Grand Prix, and finished 9 times on the podium. However, with 7 retirements, he failed to finish 3rd in the championship.

Comeback 2010-2012Edit

In 2010 Schumacher returned to F1 with the Mercedes team. In total he spent 3 years with the team in which he scored 1 pole(he was stripped of it due to a penalty), 1 fastest lap, and 1 podium.[1] He was replaced by Lewis Hamilton for 2013 so he retired again.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

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
2011 Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas 11 0 0 0 0 32* 10th*

* Season in progress.

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

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

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

Year Constructor / Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts WDC
1991  
Jordan-Ford
Team 7UP Jordan
USA
BRA
SMR
MON
CAN
MEX
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
Ret
4 14th
 
Benetton-Ford
Camel Benetton Ford
ITA
5
POR
6
ESP
6
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
1992  
Benetton-Ford
Camel Benetton Ford
RSA
4
MEX
3
BRA
3
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
53 3rd
1993  
Benetton-Ford
Camel Benetton Ford
RSA
Ret
BRA
3
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
52 4th
1994  
Benetton-Ford
Mild Seven Benetton Ford
BRA
1
PAC
1
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
2
CAN
1
FRA
1
VBR
DSQ
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
DSQ
ITA
POR
EUR
1
JPN
2
AUS
Ret
92 1st
1995  
Benetton-Renault
Mild Seven Benetton Renault
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
102 1st
1996  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari
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
59 3rd
1997  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
78* DSQ
1998  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
86 2nd
1999  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
AUS
8
BRA
2
SMR
1
MON
1
ESP
3
CAN
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
DNS
AUT
INJ
GER
INJ
HUN
INJ
BEL
INJ
ITA
INJ
EUR
INJ
MAL
2
JPN
2
44 5th
2000  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
108 1st
2001  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
123 1st
2002  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
AUS
1
MAL
3
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
144 1st
2003  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
AUS
4
MAL
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
1
ESP
1
AUT
1
MON
3
CAN
1
EUR
5
FRA
3
GBR
4
GER
7
HUN
8
ITA
1
USA
1
JPN
8
93 1st
2004  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
148 1st
2005  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
AUS
Ret
MAL
7
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
62 3rd
2006  
Ferrari
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
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
121 2nd
2010  
Mercedes
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
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
SIN
13
JPN
6
KOR
4
BRA
7
ABU
Ret
72 9th
2011  
Mercedes
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
AUS
Ret
MAL
9
CHN
8
TUR
12
ESP
6
MON
Ret
CAN
4
EUR
17
GBR
9
GER
8
HUN
Ret
BEL
5
ITA
5
SIN
Ret
JPN
6
KOR
Ret
IND
5
ABU
7
BRA
15
76 8th
2012  
Mercedes
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
AUS
Ret
MAL
10
CHN
Ret
BHR
10
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
3
GBR
7
GER
7
HUN
Ret
BEL
7
ITA
6
SIN
Ret
JPN
11
KOR
13
IND
22
ABU
11
USA
16
BRA
7
49 13th

Formula One recordsEdit

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 208
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 1,469
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]

2013 skiing accidentEdit

On December 2013, Schumacher sustained a head injury after a skiing accident in France.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Michael Schumacher Comeback Review the seasiders
  2. "Michael Schumacher". The Formula One Database. www.f1db.com. 2006. 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
  4. "Michael Schumacher in coma with 'serious brain trauma' after French ski crash - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". abc.net.au. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.

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