Formula 1 Driver Details

Michael Schumacher

Data and Statistics

Date of Birth December 27, 1968 Championships 20 (7 Won)
Place of Birth Hurth-Hermulheim, DEU Grand Prix 308 (91 Won)
Nationality DEU Podiums 155
Weight/Height 68 kg / 174 cm Poles 68
First GP August 25, 1991 Fastest Laps 75
Last GP November 25, 2012 Highest Position 1 (x91)
Constructors Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes Highest Pole 1 (x91)
Website www.michaelschumacher.de
Pole
Position
Race
Position
Race
Points
Year/Team1234567891011121314151617181920PtsPos
2012
Mercedes
AUS
0RET4
MYS
1103
CHN
0RET2
BHR
11022
ESP
0RET20
MCO
0DNF6
CAN
0RET9
EUR
15312
GBR
673
DEU
673
HUN
0RET17
BEL
6713
ITA
864
SGP
0RET9
JPN
01123
KOR
01310
IND
02214
ARE
01113
USA
0165
BRA
6713
4913
2011
Mercedes GP
AUS
0RET11
MYS
2911
CHN
4814
TUR
0128
ESP
8610
MCO
0RET5
CAN
1248
EUR
0178
GBR
2913
DEU
4810
HUN
0DNF9
BEL
10524
ITA
1058
SGP
0RET8
JPN
868
KOR
0RET12
IND
10511
ARE
678
BRA
01510
  768
2010
Mercedes GP
BHR
867
AUS
1107
MYS
0RET8
CHN
1109
ESP
1246
MCO
0127
TUR
1245
CAN
01113
EUR
01515
GBR
2910
DEU
2911
HUN
01114
BEL
6721
ITA
2912
SGP
0139
JPN
8610
KOR
1249
BRA
678
ARE
0RET8
  729
2006
Ferrari
BHR
821
MYS
3614
AUS
0RET10
SMR
1011
EUR
1012
ESP
823
MCO
4522
GBR
823
CAN
825
USA
1011
FRA
1011
DEU
1012
HUN
1811
TUR
632
ITA
1012
CHN
1016
JPN
0RET2
BRA
5410
   1212
2005
Ferrari
AUS
0RET19
MYS
2713
BHR
0RET2
SMR
8213
ESP
0RET8
MCO
278
EUR
4510
CAN
822
USA
1015
FRA
633
GBR
369
DEU
455
HUN
821
TUR
0RET19
ITA
0106
BEL
0RET6
BRA
547
JPN
2714
CHN
0RET6
  623
2004
Ferrari
AUS
1011
MYS
1011
BHR
1011
SMR
1012
ESP
1011
MCO
0RET4
EUR
1011
CAN
1016
USA
1012
FRA
1012
GBR
1014
DEU
1011
HUN
1011
BEL
822
ITA
823
CHN
01220
JPN
1011
BRA
2718
   1481
2003
Ferrari
AUS
541
MYS
363
BRA
0RET7
SMR
1011
ESP
1011
AUT
1011
MCO
635
CAN
1013
EUR
452
FRA
633
GBR
545
DEU
276
HUN
188
ITA
1011
USA
1017
JPN
1814
     931
2002
Ferrari
AUS
1012
MYS
431
BRA
1012
SMR
1011
ESP
1011
AUT
1013
MCO
623
CAN
1012
EUR
623
GBR
1013
FRA
1012
DEU
1011
HUN
622
BEL
1011
ITA
622
USA
621
JPN
1011
    1441
2001
Ferrari
AUS
1011
AUT
621
MYS
1011
BRA
621
SMR
0RET4
ESP
1011
MCO
1012
CAN
621
EUR
1011
FRA
1012
GBR
621
DEU
0RET4
HUN
1011
BEL
1013
ITA
343
USA
621
JPN
1011
    1231
2000
Ferrari
AUS
1013
SMR
1012
GBR
435
BRA
1013
ESP
251
EUR
1012
MCO
0RET1
CAN
1011
FRA
0RET1
AUT
0RET4
DEU
0RET2
HUN
621
BEL
624
ITA
1011
USA
1011
JPN
1011
MYS
1011
    1081
1999
Ferrari
AUS
083
BRA
624
SMR
1013
MCO
1012
ESP
434
CAN
0RET1
FRA
256
GBR
0DNS2
       MYS
621
JPN
621
     445
1998
Ferrari
AUS
0RET3
BRA
434
ARG
1012
SMR
623
ESP
433
MCO
0104
CAN
1013
FRA
1012
GBR
1012
AUT
434
DEU
259
HUN
1013
BEL
0RET4
ITA
1011
LUX
621
JPN
0RET1
     862
1997
Ferrari
AUS
623
BRA
252
ARG
0RET4
SMR
623
MCO
1012
ESP
347
CAN
1011
FRA
1011
GBR
0RET4
DEU
624
HUN
341
BEL
1013
ITA
169
AUT
169
LUX
0RET5
JPN
1012
EUR
0RET2
    782
1996
Ferrari
AUS
0RET4
BRA
434
ARG
0RET2
EUR
623
SMR
621
MCO
0RET1
ESP
1013
CAN
0RET3
FRA
0RET1
GBR
0RET3
DEU
343
HUN
091
BEL
1013
ITA
1013
PRT
434
JPN
623
     593
1995
Benetton-Renault
BRA
1012
ARG
433
SMR
0RET1
ESP
1011
MCO
1012
CAN
251
FRA
1012
GBR
0RET2
DEU
1012
HUN
0RET3
BEL
10116
ITA
0RET2
PRT
623
EUR
1013
PAC
1013
JPN
1011
AUS
0RET3
    1021
1994
Benetton-Ford
BRA
1012
JPN
1012
SMR
1012
MCO
1011
ESP
621
CAN
1011
FRA
1013
GBR
0DSQ2
DEU
0RET4
HUN
1011
BEL
0DSQ2
   EUR
1011
JPN
621
AUS
0RET2
     921
1993
Benetton-Ford
ZAF
0RET3
BRA
434
EUR
0RET3
SMR
623
ESP
434
MCO
0RET2
CAN
623
FRA
437
GBR
623
DEU
623
HUN
0RET3
BEL
623
ITA
0RET5
PRT
1016
JPN
0RET4
AUS
0RET4
     524
1992
Benetton-Ford
ZAF
346
MEX
433
BRA
435
ESP
622
SMR
0RET5
MCO
344
CAN
625
FRA
0RET5
GBR
344
DEU
436
HUN
0RET4
BEL
1013
ITA
436
PRT
075
JPN
0RET5
AUS
625
     533
1991
Jordan-Ford
           BEL
0RET7
ITA
257
ESP
165
JPN
0RET9
PRT
1610
AUS
0RET6
     414
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Driver Bio

Michael Schumacher was born in 1969 in Hurth, Germany. Nicknamed "the Kaiser", he is the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1 with seven titles, two with Benetton and five with Ferrari.

Schumacher began racing at an early age when his father, a mechanic at a kart track, built him a car for to play and toy around. He was only 4 years.

His passion for speed led him to excel in the every minor racing category, he was spotted by Will Webber who signed him to race for his team (WTS) in the German Formula three, and also became his Manager (to this day) in the process. Schumacher also had the support of Mercedes company who always sponsored him and made him part of its program to develop young talent. It was Weber (who also arranged financial support from Mercedes) who contacted Eddie Jordan who in turn gave him his first chance in Formula 1.

The story tells that the official Jordan team driver, Bertrand Gachot, suddenly had to be gone for legal problems (he was even put behind bars) by a bizarre traffic incident in the UK that became somewhat violent. Thus, practically out of nowhere and at the last minute, Schumacher appeared to take his seat.

His debut was at the Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps), where he beat experimented teammate Andrea De Cesaris by 4 spots for the qualifying, as he would start I 7th. Schumacher had no luck in the race since retired early with mechanical problems, but did enough to impress Flavio Briatore, who did his best to sign him despite an apparent verbal arrangement (not written) with Jordan. Thus, in the next round at Monza, Schumacher competed for Benetton, earning a 5th place, following later with two sixth finishes, and accumulating four points in the process.

In 1992 he won his first GP in Belgium, where he had debuted just a year earlier, and finished third in the standings in a season marked by the dominance of Mansell and the Williams team. Schumacher 8 scored podiums.

The following year, the German goes up to the podium in every race that manages to end (9) among them a victory in the Portuguese GP. But his real breakthrough would come in 1994 (not without controversy) and 1995. Two championships in a row as a Benetton driver launched him to stardom and comparisons began with few figures such as Fittipaldi or Senna.

With fame also came time for a change, and Schumacher, along with a stellar team (Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne) were ready for Ferrari, reconstructing the legendary team in order to return to the championship fight.

However, the wins did not come immediately and the production of a dominant car would have to wait. The Williams of Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve flew in the mid-90s, and Ferrari still needed to invest time and resources in their cars to get to compete. In 1999 it seemed that Ferrari had the car to rule, but the German had to leave the competition for almost half a season because of an accident that broke his leg. However, with teammate Eddie Irvine (who fought for the title until the last race), they got to the Constructor’s title to Maranello. This will be the prelude to five years full of success for Schumacher.

In 2000 he is proclaimed champion by beating defending champion Mika Hakkinen by 19 points, with 9 wins. In 2001 he doubled his Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello in points, and mathematically was proclaimed champion in Hungary, with four races to go. In 2002 he won 11 races equaling Juan Manuel Fangio own count, and in 2003 he added another crown, but this time under duress from the young and point-eater Kimi Raikkonen.

During the 2004 season, Schumacher breaks all records to become champion with 13 wins (plus two seconds), adding also a sixth consecutive constructors' championship for Ferrari.

Nobody could imagine that a change of rules could do too much to diminish Schumacher’s (and Ferrari) performance, that it would even mark the beginning of the end of his career. The following year Schumacher had a better car but only managed to be runner-up behind Fernando Alonso.

Although he never totally disconnected from the Formula1 world, the German announced his retirement and did not participate in the championships of 2007-2009. It occurred that Schumacher missed to much the adrenaline release of the race weekends and decided to come back, but this time, with Mercedes GP. Still, the new team had a very familiar face, Ross Brawn, one of the key pieces while at Benetton and Ferrari.

His first season with a “silver Bullet” was not as expected and, at age 41, Schumacher finished tenth in the standings. For the first time since his rookie year in 1991, Schumacher cannot get on the podium once, something that persisted in 2011.

Mercedes GP has been unable to develop the most optimal machine to compete at levels exhibit by Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari, but it is also true that the seven-time champion does not look as hungry as he used to and it seems a bit cooler on the track. In both years, his teammate Nico Rosberg has outscored him.

Perhaps luck will change for 2012, which marks the last of his three-year contract, and which can also mean the end of his illustrious career.

Alfonso Duro / Gustavo A Roche

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