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Michael Schumacher

Formula 1 driver

Michael Schumacher
Credit: Mercedes
Vital statistics for Michael Schumacher
NationalityDEU
BirthplaceHürth, West Germany
Born1 January 1970
Age44
F1 debutBelgian Grand Prix, 1991
Recent fastest laps
2012German Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher is one of the most famous faces associated with Formula One. A seven-time world champion, he retired from the Ferrari team in 2006, before a comeback with Mercedes in 2010. With just one podium in the three comeback years, he announced his second retirement at the end of 2012.

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For those who do not follow the sport closely, thinking of Formula One means thinking of Michael Schumacher. The man has broken all manner of records in his long career, racked up every statistic it’s possible to think of, and taken seven championships - five of them in a row. In his time, he has created a legion of fans, those who associate his time at Ferrari as one of the golden ages of Formula One. Equally, he has infuriated those who think controversy follows him wherever he goes. There have been accusations of dangerous driving, and many incidents along the way to cause widespread discussion and debate.

If there’s one thing you cannot argue about regarding Michael Schumacher, it’s that he is determined. To come back to the sport after a three year absence, and having left on something of a high, is a risky move. There were no major results for Schumacher to speak of in his three years with Mercedes, but his second retirement at the end of 2012 came with a new sense of peace. The German claimed to have learnt a lot more about himself, about winning and losing, in his second and final stint in Formula One.