Michael Schumacher (Hürth-Hermülheim, 3 January 1969) is a German racing driver, from 1991 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2012 active in Formula 1. He was seven-time world champion and has many other records to his name. According to the website of the FIA, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen". 
The French media on 29 december 2013 made known that Schumacher in a skiing accident in the French Alps in Méribel life-threatening was wounded and was transferred to a hospital. In a brief statement it gave to hospital in Grenoble that Schumacher had suffered a skull trauma and was held in an artificial coma .   
- 1.1 Early Career
- 1.2 1991 (Jordan): debut in formula 1
- 1.3 1991-1993 (Benetton-Ford): Talent in attendance
- 1.4 1994 (Benetton-Ford): first title
- 1.5 1995 (Benetton-Renault): second title
- 1.6 1996 (Ferrari): new challenge
- 1.7 1997 (Ferrari): remainder of chance
- 1.8 1998 (Ferrari): again just not
- 1.9 1999 (Ferrari): short season
- 1.10 2000 (Ferrari): patience pays off
- 1.11 2001-2004 (Ferrari): Dominance
- 1.12 2005-2006 (Ferrari): armed with new generation
- 1.13 2009 (Ferrari): Still not mass raids
- 1.14 2010 (Mercedes): return to the grid
- 1.15 2011 (Mercedes): again no topauto
- 1.16 2012 (Mercedes): last season at Mercedes
- 2 Controversy
- 3 racing career
- 4 Records
- 5 teammates
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Schumacher began his motorsport career in karting. His father soon built him a kart in Kerpen-Manheim and made won his first Club Championship. Schumacher turned out to be a talented driver and between 1984 and 1987 he won several German and European kart races. He was the first champion of the Formel König Championship in1988. Through the Formula 3 and sports car races as a member of the Mercedes-Benz-Junior Team he made a rapid advance in racing.Jordan 191, 1991
Eddie Jordan was looking for in 1991 a replacement for one of its riders, Bertrand Gachot, who because of a brawl in the prison had to. He left Schumacher in Silverstonetesting, where the German made a good impression. Schumacher was allowed to make his debut at Spa-Francorchamps and he fell to seventh by a qualifying time. He came into the race, however, does not go beyond a few hundred meters by a broken link.
Schumacher was noticed by Flavio Briatore and Tom Walkinshaw of Benetton. They hijacked him after his first race away at Jordan. Schumacher made his debut with the Benetton team next to triple world champion Nelson Piquet. In his first Grand Prix for the team and finished directly qualified for Piquet. Two sixth places with one fifth and Schumacher finished fourteenth in his first season, in which he drove six races.
In "conventional" Benetton b192 Schumacher took his place on the podium for the. In Belgium he picked up his first Grand Prix victory in a race marked by changing circumstances. In his first full season ' stuntte ' Schumacher throughout the year to end on a third place overall, for his idol Ayrton Senna.
1993 was a difficult season for Schumacher. Team Williams F1 and Alain Prost were Supreme and Schumacher ended in 1993 as the fourth, with one victory. In Portugal he managed to keep behind Alain Prost and picked up thereby its second win in his career.Schumacher's Benetton B194
In 1994 seemed to be the big showdown to take place between Senna and Schumacher. The first two races were won by Schumacher, while Senna fell out. Then followed the weekend in Imola, in which Senna and Roland Ratzenberger killed deadly. Schumacher then won for the third time in a row. Of the next four games he won three more, but then seemed to turn the tide. After ignoring a black flag, at the direction of his team, Schumacher was disqualified on Silverstone , making six points were lost. After a result of zero (broken engine) in "his" home race and the gain in Hungary, Schumacher was after the Belgium Grand Prix once again disqualified because of a too far worn off bottom plate and suspended for two games (Italy and Portugal). Damon Hill, after the death of the first rider of Williams, Senna could make up its backlog and unhindered was Schumacher at the start of the last race in Australia within one run approached. In the race Schumacher forced Hill to a rare error, but because Schumacher entering the bend proverbially "the door dichtgooide" both cars came into contact with each other. Schumacher fell right out of the race, while Hill still managed to reach the pit . In the pit was found however, that the car was damaged, in such a way that Hill's drive was irresponsible. The failure of Hill Schumacher delivered the World Championship of 1994 Schumacher carried on to his title on. at the end of his idol Ayrton Senna.Schumacher in the Benneton B195,Silverstone, 1995
In 1995 took the fight between Hill and Schumacher on the track. In contrast to 1994, it was Australia who call themselves this year Hill and Schumacher on Silverstone andMonza . Hill could make no serious fist however this year with nine victories: Schumacher was superior. He took the World Championship in Aida for the second time inside. In August signed Schumacher for three seasons at the Italian Ferrari.
Schumacher stepped In 1996 along with technical director Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne designer after the Italian team Ferrari. For the Italian team in recent years were characterized by reliability issues and moderate results. Ferrari hoped with Schumacher the results to be able to redirect to a final world title. Expectations were low, even by Schumacher himself, strained. Williams-Renault dominated with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve the season 1996. Schumacher earned four pole positions and three victories. The first win came in the rain to Barcelona, where he rode on his competitors far behind. Also on Spa and Monza , he obtained victories. The end result was a third place in the Championship.
Contrary to expectation did Schumacher vied for the title in 1997 . Ferrari had, compared to the Williams of competitor Villeneuve, not the best car of the field. Nevertheless, Schumacher managed to get good results. As in 1994, the Championship in the last race decided. Schumacher started the race with a lead of 3 points. Just like Hill three years earlier could well follow the pace of Schumacher, Villeneuve. When Villeneuve committed overtaking are action, sent Schumacher to the right in the hope of Villeneuve.However, he ended up in the gravel. Villeneuve finished third and was champion. After Schumacher was in response to this from the final score deleted by the FIA.Schumacher in duel with David Coulthard, Silverstone 1998.
McLaren performed in 1998 superior with David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen at the wheel. Half way through the season had Hakkinen already a big lead, but Schumacher and Ferrari did not won games they had on. After several Championship reduced the tension and it came back to the last race in Suzuka. The pole position was for Schumacher but he left his engine on the grid and had to start at the back. Here was his chance already as good as lost. He fought his way back to third place, but a blowout ended his match and Hakkinen was champion.
The season of 1999 seemed to go in the same direction as that of the previous year: a fight between Schumacher and Häkkinen. Although Häkkinen seemed to be to the benefit, the beginning of the season was exciting. A heavy accident at Silverstone ended the aspirations of Schumacher. He broke a leg in multiple places. His replacement was Finnish driver Mika Salo. Luca Badoer, driver for the team of Minardi test driver the following year, whereby he became in 1999 not got the chance to prove himself in a competitive car. Schumacher made his comeback until the penultimate race. In that race he let teammate Eddie Irvine, who has the title, win. The next and last race he closed off as second behind Häkkinen, who picked up his second title.
Schumacher and Ferrari started the season 2000 superior. They won the first three games. Mid-season the German fell four times in five games, causing tension in the title fight came back. In Japan the decision fell in a battle between Schumacher and Hakkinen and Schumacher eventually drew the longest straw. His third world title was a fact.Michael Schumacher inIndianapolis, 2004
With the exception of 2003 season, in which the new McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen also fared well (two points behind Schumacher), Schumacher won the seasons 2001 to 2004 with more than 120 points. In these four years he earned 39 victories.
The years 2001-2004 are also referred to as the era of Schumacher.
To stop the German was even a new points system introduced in 2003, after he established a new record in 2002 by as the earliest ever (in a season) world champion in France.
In 2003 there was tension for a long time, until the rain race on Indianapolis held Schumacher off Montoya and Raikkonen and punched a hole that proved decisive in the final race of 2003. A situation that would prove reversed three years later (see 2006)
The monopoly of Schumacher came in 2005 season to an end. One victory was achieved in Indianapolis, to which due to troubles around tyre manufacturer Michelin only the three Bridgestoneteams participated. He was third in the Championship.
Ferrari did better business In 2006. Schumacher seemed to be the main competitor of defending champion Fernando Alonso. In the beginning, he ran a backlog on, but half way through the season, he made catching up. After the Grand Prix of Italy, which on 10 september 2006 was held at the circuit of Monza and ended with profit of Schumacher, was published immediately after that the German Grand Prix after 2006 would stop racing. In the place of Schumacher at Ferrari, Kimi Räikkönen went next to Felipe Massa. Schumacher remained active at Ferrari. In the Championship he approached Meanwhile Alonso still further: after the Chinese Grand Prix, he was in the lead of the World Cup standings, along with Alonso (but with one victory more). In the subsequent Grand Prix, that of Japan, Schumacher seemed on his way to his eighth World title, until in the lead driving his motor fails. Alonso went running with the gains in Japan and had ten points ahead of the German. This had to win the last game in Brazil to make even odds to hold on the title.Schumacher drove one of its best formula 1 races in Brazil, but closed his career with a fourth place after he caught up the leaders had to drive by a flat tire. Alonso eventually took the World Championship in.
At the end of July 2009, Schumacher his short-lived comeback in the Formula 1. He would be the replacement of the Brazilian at Ferrari Felipe Massa who during qualifying of the Grand Prix of Hungary hit and seriously injured that season probably no longer in action. On August 11, 2009, Schumacher on his own website announced that his comeback could not go. Schumacher had had a motorcycle accident earlier that year, making him a neck injury sustained. His neck was not yet capable of the great forces that exert a formula 1 car. A later comeback of Schumacher was not excluded. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes MGP W01, pre-season testing in Jerez 2010
On december 23, 2009, it was announced, in a press conference that Schumacher would make his comeback in 2010. On March 14, 2010, Schumacher, driving for Mercedes GP with start number 3, back on the grid. Schumacher was at the start of the 2010 season with its 41 years the oldest driver on the grid. The German would earn 7 million euros a year with this three-year deal. In the 2010 season ended Schumacher with 72 points in ninth place in the drivers Championship.
Also in 2011 could make no Mercedes GP fist against teams like Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren. Schumacher finished In 2011 on the 8th place with 76 points.
Schumacher earned his first podium finish In 2012 since his comeback during the grand prix of Europe on the circuit of Valencia. Because Schumacher a contract extension for 2013 at Mercedes Mercedes was deducted, had started looking for a replacement for Schumacher.  This replacement has become Lewis Hamilton , on 28 september 2012 became known, that he would make the switch to McLaren Mercedes in 2013.   on October 4, made known at a press conference in Suzuka, Schumacher that he at the end of that season would end his career in formula 1. 
There is controversy surrounding various maneuvers by Schumacher and around tactics of his teams:
- In 1994, Schumacher a black flag (disqualification) for ignoring a stop-and-go penalty. The stop-and-go he got for catch up during the warm-up lap. The driver ignored the black flag (black flag is a sign to the driver that he need to finish the game), and performed the stop-and-go later in the race. Ignoring the black flag earned him a suspension of two games on.
- Later in 1994 made a collision in Adelaide ended the title fight between Damon Hill and Schumacher. Both drivers had to give up. Schumacher earned his first title.
- In 1997 he clashed in the decisive race to the Championship with its rival Jacques Villeneuve. Schumacher retired, while Villeneuve is to world champion crowned. The FIA ruled that Schumacher deliberately acted, and took from him his vicewereldtitel.
- During Schumachers years at Ferrari was there several times fuss over so-called team orders within the team, in which one driver was instructed to let the other. Although team orders were just allowed, these measures of a team were not popular. Rubens Barrichello let in 2002 in Austria 100 metres for the finishing line catch up by team-mate Michael Schumacher. Later in 2002 the German slowed just before the finish of the GP of the United States, so that Barrichello who received the race.
- In 2006 during qualifying for the Monaco GP, in which Schumacher had the best time, he parked, with quite a few seconds to go, his car in the tight second-last corner, so that no one else could still improve his time. According to Schumacher he could after a riders error no side more, but the FIA took from him his pole position and placed him at the back of the starting grid.
|Number of races||6||16||16||14||17||16||17||16||10||17||17||17||16||18||18||18||19||19||20||308|
|Number of victories||1||1||8||9||3||5||6||2||9||9||11||6||13||1||7||0||0||0||91|
|Number of pole positions||6||4||4||3||3||3||9||11||7||5||8||1||4||0||0||1||68|
|Number of fastest laps||2||5||8||8||2||3||6||5||2||3||7||5||10||3||6||0||0||1||77|
|Number of podium finishes||8||9||10||11||8||8||11||6||12||15||17||8||15||5||11||0||0||1||155|
|Number of world championship points||4||53||52||92||102||59||78*||86||44||108||123||144||93||148||62||121||72||76||49||1566|
*: Schumacher was in 1997 dropped from the World Cup stand due to a wrong action on Jacques Villeneuve in the final race of the season. He retained all the points and victories from that season.
|Points earned Michael Schumacher|
|Total number of victories||0||1||1||8||9||3||5||6||2||9||9||11||6||13||1||7||0||0||0||91|
|Total number of stages||0||8||9||10||11||8||8||11||6||12||14||17||8||15||5||12||0||0||1||155|
- U = Failed
- DNS = did not start (due to leg fracture)
- DSQ = Disqualified
- (-) = Not ridden GP
- (*) = Deleted from the final standings of the World Cup
(from 2003 another scoring)
(from 2010 another scoring)
- Races in bold indicate pole position, Races in italics indicate fastest lap
In 1997 Schumacher was disqualified after an accident in the Grand Prix of Europe, where he job title competitor Jacques Villeneuve tried to drive away. Villeneuve won the Championship, Schumacher would be with the number of points that he had finished second.
- Most consecutive championships: 5 (2000-2004)
- Champion with most races to go: 6 (2002)
- Biggest difference with number 2 (for 2010): 67 points (2002, with Rubens Barrichello)
- Most number of fastest laps: 77
- Most fastest laps in a season: 10 (2004)
- Most WINS: 91
- Most WINS in one season: 13 (2004)
- Most WINS with the same team: 72 (Scuderia Ferrari)
- Most WINS on the same Grand Prix:France ( 8)
- Most WINS at various Grand Prix ': 22
- Most WINS in one season without Championship: 7 (2006)
- Most consecutive seasons with at least one victory: 15
- Most seasons with at least one start: 19 (1991-2006; 2010-2012)
- Most podium finishes: 155
- Most stage wins in one season: 17 (2002: there were 17 races that year.)
- Most consecutive podium finishes: 19 (US 2001-Japan 2002)
- Most consecutive finishes: top 2- 15 (Japan Brazil 2002-2002)
- Most second places: 43
- Most podium finishes with the same team: 114 (Scuderia Ferrari)
- Most races with the same team: 181 (Scuderia Ferrari)
- Most number of races at least 1 round led: 142
- Most rounds in the lead: 5.111 (seasonto 2012)
- Most kilometers in the lead: 24.144 (seasonto 2012)
- Most pole positions: 68
- Most pole positions with the same team: 58 (Scuderia Ferrari)
- Most doubles (pole position and profit): 40
- Most hat-tricks (pole position, fastest lap and win): 22
- Most hat-tricks in a season: 5 (2004)
- Most starts of front row: 115
- Most races finish in points: 192
- Highest number of points: 1.518 (Malaysia GPto 2012)
- Longest time at the same team: 11 years (1996-2006)
- Longest time between first and last victory: return 5.145 days (to season 2010)
- Longest time reigning world champion formula 1 (October 8, 2000-25 september 2005): 1,813 days
- Longest time between first and last start: 7.519 days (Malaysia GPto 2012)
- 1991: 7UP Jordan- Andrea de Cesaris (one Grand Prix)
- 1991: Camel Benetton Ford- Nelson Piquet
- 1992: Camel Benetton Ford- Martin Brundle
- 1993: Camel Benetton Ford- Riccardo Patrese
- 1994: Mild Seven Benetton Ford- JJ Lehto, Johnny Herbert , Jos Verstappen
- 1995: Mild Seven Benetton Renault Johnny Herbert
- 1996-1999: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1- Eddie Irvine
- 2000-2005: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1- Rubens Barrichello
- 2006: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1- Felipe Massa
- 2010-2012: Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team- Nico Rosberg
- Schumacher plays in the Disney- Cars Pixarfilm (2006) a small role as a Ferrari.
- In november 2006 he was appointed honorary citizen of Maranello, the home of Ferrari.
- In 2008 Schumacher was seen in the movie Asterix at the Olympic Games. He comes out as Schumix in the chariot races for Germania.
- Schumacher got on 22 July 2007 a private corner on the circuit of Nürburgring: the ' Michael-Schumacher-S '. It was the first bend on the Nürburgring named after an F1 driver. The new name for the bend was unveiled by Schumacher for the GP of Europe itself together with Bernie Ecclestone, through a cloth pull away from the eponymous Board.
- On June 21, 2009 he unmasked himself as the The Stig in the popular motoring programme Top Gear. At the end of the program, however, was this revelation again called into question. According to an official source that particular episode indeed Schumacher sat behind the wheel of the Ferrari FXXtested. However, it remains a mystery who had the White Helmet on the other times.