Michael Schumacher F1 2012

F1 Legend

Michael Schumacher

German

  • Hürth, Germany Place of Birth
  • 3 January 1969 Date of Birth
  • 1991 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Mercedes Current/Last Team

Michael Schumacher, one of the greatest F1 drivers in the history of the sport, competed for various teams, including Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes and won a record seven World Drivers’ Championship titles—a record he now shares with Lewis Hamilton.

When Schumacher retired from racing in 2012, he held multiple records, including the most wins (91), pole positions (68), and podium finishes (155). And while Hamilton has since broken some of those records, Schumacher still holds the record for the most fastest laps (77), among others.

Michael Schumacher
NationalityGerman
BornMichael Schumacher
3 January 1969
Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany

Schumacher grew up in a working-class family and started his racing career in karting. At just six years old, he won his first karting championship in a kart he built from discarded parts. Throughout his early career, Schumacher achieved many successes, such as winning the 1987 European karting championship and several single-seater series. He made a one-off Formula One appearance with Jordan at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix before being signed by Benetton for the rest of the season, where he won his first and second driver’s titles in 1994 and 1995. He then moved to Ferrari in 1996, and, despite some setbacks, he and the team won five consecutive titles from 2000 to 2004.

Beyond racing, Schumacher was an ambassador for UNESCO and participated in many humanitarian projects. He also donated tens of millions of dollars to charity. In 2013, Schumacher suffered a severe brain injury in a skiing accident that left him in a medically induced coma until June 2014. He then underwent rehabilitation at the Lausanne University Hospital before being relocated to his home for private medical treatment and rehabilitation. Despite the challenges he faced, Schumacher remains a legend in the world of racing and a beloved figure to many fans worldwide.

Michael Schumacher Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1991–2006, 2010–2012
TeamsJordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes
Entries308 (306 starts)
Championships7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Wins91
Podiums155
Career points1566
Pole positions68
Fastest laps77
First entry1991 Belgian Grand Prix
First win1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Last entry2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher Formula One records

Schumacher holds/held these Formula One records:

RecordDate first achieved#
Most Championship titles20027
Most consecutive titles2000–20045
Most races left in the season when becoming World Champion20026
Most wins at the same Grand PrixFrench Grand Prix (1994–1995, 1997–1998, 2001–2002, 2004, 2006)8
Most seasons with a win1992–200615
Most consecutive seasons with a win1992–200615
Most consecutive top two finishes2002 Brazilian Grand Prix – 2002 Japanese Grand Prix15
Highest percentage of podium finishes in a season2002100%
Most consecutive podium finishes2001 United States Grand Prix – 2002 Japanese Grand Prix19
Most fastest laps2001 Australian Grand Prix77
Most fastest laps in a season200410
Most hat-tricks (pole, win and fastest lap)2002 Japanese Grand Prix22
Most hat-tricks in a season20045

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
Brazilian Benetton 1978 German Grand Prix F1 Legend
Brazilian Williams 1993 South African Grand Prix Retired
German Mercedes 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix F1 Legend

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic
Benetton British, Italian 1986 Historic
Ferrari Italian 1950 Current
Mercedes German 1954 Current