A modern-day Formula 1 fan may consider Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the most successful drivers in the sport.
However, a quick glance through the history books and you’ll see a name that’s considered one of the best of all time – a name so beloved that even those outside of the F1 fandom will know exactly who he is and exactly what he has done.
Michael Schumacher is an F1 legend who dominated the sport between 1991 and 2006, before coming out of retirement between 2010 and 2012.
With his new documentary, ‘Schumacher’, which will be released on Netflix on Wednesday September 15th to mark the 30th anniversary of his Formula 1 debut, we took a look at the career of the great German…
Michael Schumacher: Profile
Born in Hurth, West Germany, Schumacher always seemed destined to enter the world of motorsport, with a father who worked at the local kart track and a mother who worked in the track canteen.
Schumacher became the youngest member of the Kerpen-Horrem kart track.
The rules in Germany meant that he couldn’t get a karting license until he was 14.
Schumacher became German and European kart champion after joining Eurokart dealer Adolf Neubert, before moving to Formula 3 as part of the Mercedes Junior Racing program.
Michael Schumacher: Formula 1 record
Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut with the Irish team Jordan-Ford in 1991, the first step in a long and illustrious career.
He would go on to represent Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes throughout his career, establishing himself as one of the greatest of all time with seven world championship titles to his name – a record he currently shares with Lewis Hamilton.
Here’s a look at Michael Schumacher’s career in numbers:
- Race registrations: 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
After his retirement from F1, tragedy struck in December 2013 when Schumacher suffered a skiing accident while on vacation 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 an induced coma which took six months to wake up.
After briefly moving to another hospital in Switzerland, Schumacher was allowed to return home on Lake Geneva where his family are caring for him due to his life-changing injuries.
Schumacher’s family has kept the extent of these injuries a secret as they facilitate his recovery.
His wife Corinna recently revealed, “Michael is here. Different, but he’s there, and that gives us strength, I think. He still shows me how strong he is every day.
Michael Schumacher: Netflix Documentary
Schumacher’s life and career will be explored in a new documentary coming out on Netflix.
‘Schumacher’ is set for release on Wednesday, September 15 and will explore the highlights of the 52-year-old’s career through archived footage, exclusive interviews and previously unreleased moments.
This will include talks with friends, family and those from the Formula 1 world.
Schumacher’s official synopsis reads: “The ultimate documentary from Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher.
“Schumacher presents rare interviews and unpublished archive footage and draws a very sensitive and critical portrait of the seven-time world champion.
“It is the only film supported by his family.”
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