Like most modern pilots, he started karting when he was still a child. His first contact with the engine was at the age of four, when his father, owner of the kart track in Kerpen, put the engine of a moped to a kart on pedals. The young Schumi ended up crashing into a lamppost but was not discouraged and became runner-up in the junior world category with only 16 years.
First steps in Formula 1.
Michael Schumacher by Benetton Ford.
In 1991 he started competing in the premier class of motorsport thanks to Weber, who spoke to Eddie Jordan and got him to give him a chance. This came at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Schumacher replaced local driver Bertrand Gachot. After a magnificent classification (seventh after Senna, Prost, Mansell, Berger, Alesi and Piquet, no less) he had to abandon the race in the seventh lap due to a problem with the clutch. From the following race he began to race for Benetton Ford, with whom he would achieve his first victory (the following year in Spa) and his first two world champion titles.
The polymic signing by Ferrari and the start of half Benetton.
In 1996 he was signed by Ferrari, and took with him Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, architects, along with Flavio Briatore, of their successes in Benetton. Schumi joined the Italian team with all his talent and the controversial character that accompanied his entire career. The following year, in Jerez, he threw Villeneuve off the track, an action that cost him the driver’s superlicense and exclusion from the World Championship that season.
In 1998 Michael Schumacher already caressed the world title raised that year by Mika Häkkinen and, if in 1999 he could not get it, it was due to a serious accident in the GP of England, which separated him from F1 for half the season, however, he got together Eddie Irvine the constructors championship for Ferrari.
In 2000, Schumacher wins his third world championship, the first with Ferrari that meant, besides the entry among the greats of the German driver, the first double of the Italian house since Jody Scheckter got in 1979. This success was due to the good understanding between Schumacher and Jean Todt, who created a team that worked like clockwork. With them and a perfect car, Michael was able to win five consecutive world titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) with the Scuderia.
The arrival of Alonso meant the end of the ferrarist domain and the farewell of Schumacher with a runner-up.
The return of the King. It is not about the Lord of the Rings. This is the Lord of Formula 1.
The year 2010 marked the return of Michael Schumacher to Formula 1. By the hand of Ross Brawn, who had dazzled to get the title with the double diffuser car, appeared in the Mercedes box, which also returned to the big circus as a team and not just as a supplier of engines. The experience could not have been more desolate. Schumacher never took the pulse of a Formula 1 that was no longer what he had known and mastered in the past. With hardly any significance, his return barely served to become the pilot with the greatest prizes disputed (308, a record he still lacked) and to fatten somewhat his points score. Without even a victory, in 2012 he decided to definitively abandon the asphalt to enter forever in the Olympus of the greatest pilots in history.
The tragic accident
On December 29, 2013, he suffered an accident while skiing at the Méribel winter resort in the French Alps and has been in a coma ever since.
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