Michael Schumacher

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Michael Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher|

Schumacher at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix|
Born| 3 January 1969 (age 42)|
Formula One World Championship career|
Nationality|  German|
Team| Mercedes GP|
Car #| 7|
Races| 282 (281 starts)|
Championships| 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004)| Wins| 91|
Podiums| 154|
Career points| 1,493|
Pole positions| 68|
Fastest laps| 76|
First race| 1991 Belgian Grand Prix|
First win| 1992 Belgian Grand Prix|
Last win| 2006 Chinese Grand Prix|
Last race| 2011 Italian Grand Prix|
2010 position| 9th (72 pts)|
Michael Schumacher (born 3 January 1969) is a German Formula One racing driver for theMercedes GP team. Famous for his eleven-year spell with Ferrari, Schumacher is a seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.[1][2][3][4] He holds many of the formula's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen".[5] After beginning with karting, Schumacher won German drivers' championships in Formula König and Formula Three before joining Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship. After one Mercedes-funded race for the Jordan Formula One team Schumacher signed as a driver for theBenetton Formula One team in 1991. After winning consecutive championships with Benetton in 1994/5, Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000–2004. Schumacher retired from Formula One driving in 2006 staying with Ferrari as an advisor.[6] Schumacher agreed to return for Ferrari part-way through 2009, as cover for the badly injured Felipe Massa, but was prevented by a neck injury. He later signed a 3-year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010.[7][8][9] His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez.[10] Off the track Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity.[11] Michael and his younger brother Ralf Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001, and there again (in switched order) in 2003. -------------------------------------------------

Early years

Schumacher's title-winning GermanFormula Three car from 1990 Schumacher was born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany,[12] to Rolf Schumacher, a bricklayer, and his wife Elisabeth. When Schumacher was four, his father modified his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle engine. When Schumacher crashed it into a lamp post inKerpen, his parents took him to the karting track at Kerpen-Horrem, where he became the youngest member of the karting club. His father soon built him a kart from discarded parts and at the age of six Schumacher won his first club championship. To support his son's racing, Rolf Schumacher took on a second job renting and repairing karts, while his wife worked at the track's canteen. Nevertheless, when Schumacher needed a new engine costing 800 DM, his parents were unable to afford it; Michael was able to continue racing with support from local businessmen.[13] Regulations in Germany...
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