Schumacher is a living legend, a 7 time F1 world champion and
the most successful driver ever. He has re-written the record books
on numerous occasions and made a comeback in 2010, after initially
retiring in 2006.
He debuted for Jordan at the 1991 Belgium GP but he was soon
snapped up by Benneton and stayed with them till 1995. In that
space of time he won 19 races and 2 world championships in 1994 and
1995, or though the former was won under controversial
circumstances after he crashed into title rival Damon Hill at the
final round. He won the 1994 crown despite being disqualified from
In 1996 he moved to Ferrari, a team who were seeking their first
drivers and constructors titles in a while. His first win for
Ferrari came at the Spanish GP 1996, with 2 further wins following.
He was in contention for the 1997 title and was against new boy
Jacques Villeneuve. He was disqualified from the season standings
after deliberately crashing into Villeneuve at the European GP, the
final round, to try and get him to retire. In 1999 he broke his leg
but finished 5th in the standings, despite missing 6 rounds.
By this time Schumacher was known for splitting opinion. Some F1
fans loved his controversial and aggressive style while others felt
it was unfair and foul play. Thanks to some geniuses at Ferrari and
his fast pace, Ferrari were about to return to winning the titles
they have been waiting for.
In 2000 he won his debut championship for Ferrari after
dominating the season. The following 2 seasons, however, were even
more dominant with Schumacher only not winning 22 races between
2000 and the end of 2002, and most of those were podiums. In 2002
he finished on the podium in every round. In 2003 he won the title
but it was a lot closer, while 2004 he was challenged closely by
the BAR of Jenson Button but kept him well clear of the title. In
2005 he finished 3rd in the standings after a bad start, but he
soon won races and challenged Fernando Alonso. It was the Spaniard
who he would be challenging for the title in 2006 but missed out.
At the Italian GP 2006 he announced he would retire from the
Between 1992 and 2006 he finished every year with a win, and
every year in the top 5 of the standings. He had scored the
majority of the records and was known as the master of F1. After
leaving F1 he competed in a few Motorbike races and spent time with
his family, but made his return to F1 in 2010, he could not resist.
He joined the Mercedes team but did not score a single podium. He
finished a best of 4th on 2 occasions with 9th in the standings at
the end of the year. 2011 was no better, a spell of mistakes and
incidents outweighed some stunning performances but 8th in the
standings was the best he could do.
He will be racing for the Mercedes team in 2012 again, alongside
Nico Rosberg. It will be their 3rd year as team
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