A modern day Formula 1 supporter may look to the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as the sport’s most successful drivers.
However, a quick look through the history books and you’ll see one name who is regarded as one of the best ever – a name so beloved even the those outside of F1 fandom will know exactly who he is, and exactly what he’s done.
Michael Schumacher is a F1 legend having dominated the sport between 1991 and 2006, before coming out of retirement between 2010 and 2012.
With his new documentary, ‘Schumacher’, due to be released on Netflix on Wednesday, September 15 to mark 30 years since his Formula 1 debut, we’ve taken a look at the career of the great German…
Michael Schumacher: Profile
Born in Hurth, west Germany, Schumacher always looked destined to move into the world of motorsport, with a father who worked at the local go-karting track and a mum who worked in the track’s canteen.
Schumacher became the youngest member at the Kerpen-Horrem karting track.
Rules in Germany meant that he couldn’t get a karting licence until the age of 14, so instead he obtained a licence in Luxembourg at the age of 12 before gaining one in his homeland after winning the German Junior Kart Championship.
Schumacher became German and European kart champion after joining Eurokart dealer Adolf Neubert, before moving into Formula Three as part of the Mercedes Junior Racing programme.
Michael Schumacher: Formula 1 record
Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut with the Irish Jordan-Ford team in 1991, the first step in a long and illustrious career.
He would go on to represent Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes during his career, establishing himself as one of the greatest ever with seven world championship titles to his name – a record that he currently shares with Lewis Hamilton.
Here’s a look at Michael Schumacher’s career in numbers:
- Race entries: 308
- Race wins: 91
- Podium finishes: 155
- Career points: 1566
- Pole positions: 68
- Fastest laps: 77
- World Championships won: 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004).
Michael Schumacher: Skiing accident
Following his retirement from F1, tragedy struck in December 2013 when Schumacher suffered a skiing accident while on holiday in the French Alps.
Despite wearing a helmet, Schumacher suffered a life-changing head injury after hitting his head on a rock while crossing an off-piste area.
After being flown to hospital, the German underwent surgery before being placed in a medically-induced coma which took six months to wake up from.
After moving briefly to another hospital in Switzerland, Schumacher was allowed to return home to Lake Geneva where he is being looked after by his family due to his life-changing injuries.
Schumacher’s family have kept the extent of these injuries private as they aid his recovery.
His wife Corinna revealed recently: “Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”
Michael Schumacher: Netflix documentary
The life and career of Schumacher will be explored in a new documentary that will be released on Netflix.
‘Schumacher’ is due to be released on Wednesday, September 15 and will explore the career highlights of the 52-year-old through archived footage, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen moments.
This will include interviews with friends, family and those in the world of Formula 1.
The official synopsis for Schumacher reads: “The ultimate documentary of Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher.
“Schumacher features rare interviews and previously unreleased archive footage and traces a very sensitive and critical portrait of the seven-time world champion.
“This is the only film supported by his family.”
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