Date of Birth: 3 Jan 1969
Birthplace: Kerpen, Germany
Marital status: Married to Corinna, 2 children
Points Score: 945
Number of GP: 179
Pole Positions: 50
First GP: 1991 (Spa)
Best Result: Win
Current Team: Ferrari
|Year ||Michael Schumacher History
|1984 : ||Junior Kart Champion of Germany.
|1985 : ||Junior Kart Champion of Germany, participates to the World Championships.
|1986 : ||Karting Germany, 3rd / Karting Europe, 3rd.
|1987 : ||German and European Kart Champion.
|1988 : ||Formula Koenig Champion / FF1600 Europe, 2nd / FF1600 Germany, 6th.
|1989 : ||Formula 3 Germany, 3rd.
|1990 : ||Prototypes, 5th with 21 points / F3 Champion Germany.
|1991 : ||Prototypes, 9th, 43 points / Jordan (1 race) and Benetton, 12th, 4 points.
|1992 : ||Formula 1 (Benetton), 3rd with 53 points.
|1993 : ||Formula 1 (Benetton), 4th with 52 points.
|1994 : ||Formula 1 (Benetton), World Champion with 92 points.
|1995 : ||Formula 1 (Benetton), World champion with 102 points.
|1996 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), 3rd with 59 points.
|1997 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), 2nd with 78 points.
|1998 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), 2nd with 86 points.
|1999 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), 5th with 44 points.
|2000 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), World champion with 108 points.
|2001 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), World champion with 123 points.
|2002 : ||Formula 1 (Ferrari), World champion with 144 points.
Michael started his career in the Formula Konig
series in 1987, a series he dominated to such an extent, that he had the title
wrapped up early before moving on to Formula Ford. Here he came second to ex-
Sauber driver, Mika Salo in the European Championship, and fourth in the German
series. In 1989, he went to the German Formula 3 series, where he finished
third, equal with his teammate, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and just one point behind
second place. 1990 saw him dominate this series as well, winning five times and
later topping that by also winning the international races at Macau and
Sports cars are nothing new to him either, becoming a member of the
Mercedes junior team, even winning the round in Mexico City. He drove sports
cars again in 91, winning at Autopolis. That year also saw his Formula 3000
debut where he finished second at Sugo, in the Japanese Series.More importantly,
1991 saw him explode into Formula One, his first race driven for Jordan in the
Belgian Grand Prix. He qualified seventh, but failed to complete the first lap,
due to clutch problems. That was his only race for Jordan, as he was quickly
snatched up by the Benetton team.
1992 saw him visit the podium 8 times,
including once on the top step for his first Grand Prix victory in Belgium,
completing the season third overall with 53 points. He continued with the
Benetton team and 1993 saw him win a superb race in Portugal, rounding off the
season, fourth overall. Then, in 1994, Michael stunned the Grand Prix world,
when he was quicker in the Benetton, than Senna was in the Williams. After
Sennas death, Michael seemed unbeatable, even though Benetton were swamped with
allegations of cheating. They fought through all the disqualifications and bans,
and in the end, he beat Damon Hill to the crown by one point, after a
controversial accident at the last race in Australia. Nine wins later, he took
the crown for a second time, before moving to the Ferrari team in 1996 where he
That year, he pushed the unreliable Ferrari to its limits,
bringing home three wins that the car didn't deserve. It was more competitive in
97, where he won in Monaco, France, Canada, Belgium and Japan, and he went into
the final race in Jerez, with a one-point advantage over Williams's driver,
Jacques Villeneuve. Once again, the season finished in controversy, after an
accident between the two. Villeneuve raced onto to take the crown, while Michael
had his 2nd place in the championship stripped from him by the FIA.
saw a very reliable Ferrari, and a very determined Michael Schumacher. Although
McLaren dominated from the start, Michael wouldn't give up, pushing the Ferrari
as far as it would go. Winning 6 races for the season, it once again came down
to the final race, but a stall from pole position, and a blown tyre, saw his
chances of taking the title for a third time vanish.
The 1999 season
didn't start that well for Michael, with problems in the opening race, but from
then on, he quickly took to the lead in the championship and just as it started
to appear that he may finally take the title for Ferrari, tragedy struck at the
British Grand Prix where a first lap accident saw him sidelined for months with
a broken leg. He watched helplessly as the season went on without him, but
returned for the final two races. Although his teammate, Eddie Irvine, narrowly
lost out on the drivers title, between them both they gave Ferrari their first
Constructors victory since 1983.
The 2000 season saw him partnered with
Rubens Barrichello as Irvine moved across to Jaguar and it was undoubtedly the
best season of his career. After winning the first three races of the season, it
appeared as if the Ferrari ace was unstoppable on his way to glory. However,
although mid-season setbacks saw him lose a lot of his lead over his rivals at
McLaren, his determination never waned and he went on take his third world title
and Ferrari's first driver's victory in 21 years at the second last race of the
season at Suzuka, wrapping up the constructors crown one race later in
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 will
begin the 2002 season in what is expected to be yet another dominating 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