birth : 3 January 1969
Birthplace : Hürth-Hermühlheim
Marital status : Married to Corinna, 2 children
Height : 174 cm
Weight : 75 kg
Wins : 64
Points scored : 945
Number of GP : 179
Pole Position : 50
Podiums : 114
First GP : 1991 (Spa)
Best result : 1
P R O F I L E
Michael Schumacher is
universally regarded as the most talented driver of his
generation, with wages at Ferrari which are allegedly
more than twice those of the next best-paid driver. He
made his Grand Prix debut in 1991 with Jordan, driving
one race before being snapped up by Benetton.
The following year he won his first race in Belgium and
finished third overall. In 1994 he won his first
Drivers' Championship title and successfully defended it
the following year. In 1996 he joined Ferrari, finishing
third overall despite ever-present aggravation from the
car. A year later he was stripped of second place after
an incident with Jacques Villeneuve in the last race of
His supreme self-confidence, which is sometimes
interpreted as arrogance, and extreme will to win
occasionally means that he courts trouble. The most
notable incidents being several on-track tangles with
Damon Hill during 1994 and 1995, the 1997 event in Jerez
with Villeneuve and being prevented from punching David
Coulthard in the Spa pitlane during the 1998 Belgium
1998 and 1999 proved frustrating seasons for Schumacher.
In 1998 he battled against Mika Hakkinen for the
drivers' title right up to the last race in Japan. He
stalled on the starting grid and, in accordance with FIA
regulations, had to begin the race from the very back.
However, he put in a stunning drive and soon worked his
way up to third place, but it was not to be. A shard of
debris from an earlier accident punctured his tyre and
left him sitting by the side of the track while the Finn
collected the title of World Champion.
In 1999 an accident at the British GP left him with a
broken leg, and unable to compete in a race until the
Malaysian GP. He then faced the worrying prospect of
team mate, Eddie Irvine, taking home the crown after he
had worked so hard to be the first Ferrari driver to win
the championship since 1979. The German returned from
his recuperation period in Malaysia vowing to help
Irvine, and put in a strong drive to prove his point,
but once again the title slipped from Ferrari's grasp at
the last race in Japan.
2000 was different, however. He won the first three
races of the season, and continued to battle hard for
his chance at a third championship crown. A mid-season
slump in fortune looked worryingly like it may prevent
him, yet again, from taking home the spoils, but an
emotional win in Italy, followed by two straight
victories in the USA and Japan saw him crowned World
Champion for the third time, and the first with Ferrari.
His win in Malaysia then helped them retain the
constructors' title. The jubilation across Italy reached
immense proportions, and Schumacher quickly became a
2001 was a year that saw the Italian team and Michael dominate from round one in Australia to the season finale in Japan. During the course of the 17 events, Michael broke numerous records and wrapped up his fourth world title in Hungary with four races left to contest. He is now the record holder of the most Grand Prix victories, surpassing Alain Prost's total of 52 and with Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world titles in his sights, Schumacher began the 2002 season with a strong determination and an extremely strong Ferrari.
The record equalling title came at just the eleventh round of the season and throughout the course of 2002, the German star broke record after record. The one tarnished spot on the year came in Austria where team orders saw teammate Rubens Barrichello forced to yield, gifting Michael the win. What followed was an ugly scene with fans booing the world champion on the podium and the move is still debated fiercely today.
Now with his sixth world crown firmly in sight, Michael will start the 2003 season in what is expected to be another dominating Ferrari.
C A R
E E R H I G H L I G H T S
Champion with 144 Points
with Ferrari and wins his second consecutive
drivers' championship with 123 points. He also
breaks Alain Prost's records for taking the most
points and the most wins. One more world
championship will put him on a par with the
previously unbeatable Juan Manuel Fangio in the
Ferrari's first drivers' championship since 1979,
and helps secure the team's constructors' title.
for Ferrari. Crashed out of the British Grand Prix
and broke his leg. Won the San Marino and Monaco
Grands Prix and finished 5th in the drivers'
championship with 44 points.
for Ferrari. Six race wins, two 2nds and two 3rds
got Schumacher so close to his third World title,
after seemingly having no chance in mid-season.
Unfortunately 1998 may be remembered more for his
rage in the pits at Spa, and his stall on the grid
in Suzuka, than his valiant but ultimately
unsuccessful challenge for the title.
for Ferrari. Finishes second in the Drivers'
Championship but is disqualified by FIA after
colliding with Jacques Villeneuve in the final
race of the season.
Ferrari and manages third spot despite a series of
his second F1 title on the spin with Benetton.
for Benetton. Wins his first Drivers' Championship
in controversial style after a collision with
nearest rival Damon Hill puts both drivers out of
the final race with Hill threatening to pass.
for Benetton. Finishes 4th in the Drivers'
Championship with 52 points.
for Benetton. Finishes 3rd in his first full F1
season, winning his maiden grand prix at Spa,
his Formula One debut with Jordan, driving one
race before moving to Benetton, where he finished
the season with four points.
F3 German Championship
third in F3 German Championship behind Karl
Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
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