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Michael Schumacher Formula 1 Driver Biography

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Michael Schumacher Formula 1 Driver Biography

Born on January 3, 1969, in Hurth-Hermulheim, Germany, Michael Schumacher is a legendary Formula 1 driver and has raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes. He has won the highest number of Formula One World Championship races than any other driver in history.

Michael Schumacher, also known by the names Schumi and The Red Baron because of his German legacy and red-colored Ferrari, has enjoyed a career in racing of around 19 years.

Michael Schumacher is the only driver to win seven Formula One championships, five of which were his consecutive wins. Schumacher holds a record of winning most races, which is 91 and also the maximum fastest laps, which is 77. He also holds the highest number of pole positions, which is 68. His statistics are remarkable, which makes him an outstanding driver that history has ever witnessed.

Schumacher F1 Teams

Michael Schumacher began his career in 1991 with Jordan and retired in 2006 with Ferrari. He stepped back four years later in 2010 and then took his final retirement in 2012 with Mercedes.

Schumacher Jordan

On August 25, 1991, Schumacher’s exceptional career began at the Belgian Grand Prix. He came as a replacement for Bertrand Gachot, who was imprisoned then. He stood 7th in his debut race and impressed the paddock.

His career with Jordan didn’t last long, and he soon switched to Benetton.

Schumacher Benetton

“To join Benetton was a great chance for my future.” said Michael Schumacher F1 driver.

The first two years, 1992 and 1993 with Benetton proved to be lucky for Schumacher. He won consecutively, but 1994 somehow was unfortunate for him, making him a part of some controversies. In 1995, his comeback was again mystified. He once again managed to show his expertise and won his second title.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari

Schumacher’s Ferrari career was the longest. Ferrari was then facing a serious downfall. Its engine was not competitive as compared to the Benetton and Williams. Schumacher announced Ferrari 412T to be adequate for winning the championship.

In 1996, he stood third helping Ferrari to rank better. In 1997, Jacques Villeneuve was leading the championship, but by the mid of the year, Michael took the lead. Later on, he was disqualified from the Driver’s Championship in accusation of unsportsmanlike behavior.

In 1998, the competition was very tough between Michael and Mika Hakkinen, and finally, Mika was declared the champion of the year.

1999 was again the year of Hakkinen. Schumacher suffered a broken leg because his car’s right-rear brake failed.

From 2000 to 2004, Schumacher took the Championship title from Hakkinen. He constantly won most races in this time period than any other driver in history.

In 2005, the change in technical rules didn’t prove lucky for Schumacher. He hardly won one race in the season. In 2006, he lost very closely and took retirement from the career with heroic performance.

Michael Schumacher Mercedes Highlights

Who knew Schumacher would make a comeback in 2010 with Mercedes? He signed a contract for three years. Michael could not manage to win the championship in the span of three years, but he struggled hard to achieve better positions.

Michael Schumacher Accident

While Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick, on December 29, 2013, one year after his final retirement, he hit his head against a rock and got severely injured despite wearing a helmet. According to physicians, there was a high chance he would have died if he wasn’t wearing the helmet.

Michael Schumacher went through two surgeries and was even induced to a coma. A few months later, he gradually gained consciousness from the induced coma but was later reported to be paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Not much is heard about his medical condition from his family.

It has been seven years since the life-changing accident, the formula 1 racer is still in recovery mode with most of the health details hidden from media and his fans. However, the world has not forgotten the greatest F1 racer and Schumacher fans celebrate him at every forum, especially on the anniversary of his accident.

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