Michael Schumacher (3 January 1969) a retired German F1 legend who has teamed up with big names like ‘Ferrari’, ‘Mercedes’, and ‘Benetton Ford’ is regarded as the most successful driver in the history of motorsport.
Nicknamed ‘The Red Baron’, Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. Schumacher is the only driver in history to win 7 Formula One World Championship, 5 of which he won consecutively.
He holds the record for most World Championship (7), most Grand Prix win (91), the most fastest laps (77) & the most races won in a single season (13). Schumacher won 5 consecutive drivers’ titles from 2000 to 2004, including an unprecedented 6th and 7th title.
Following the 2006 ‘Formula One’ season, he retired for a period of four years. During this period, Michael acted as an advisor to the ‘Ferrari’ team, and as assistant to CEO Jean Todt. In 2010, Michael made a comeback, this time racing for the ‘Mercedes’ team, with German racer Nico Rosberg.
On his retirement from the sport in October 2012, the official Formula One website declared Schumacher as “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”. He was replaced by Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for the 2013 season.
In 2004, Forbes magazine listed him as the second highest paid athlete in the world and in 2005, Eurobusiness magazine identified Schumacher as the world’s first billionaire athlete. He donated $10 million as aid for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. His donation had surpassed that of any other sports person, most sports leagues, many worldwide corporations and even some countries.
On December 29, 2013, Schumacher had a major accident while skiing with his son Mick, in the French Alps. He was wearing a helmet, but still had a massive fall, resulting in a serious head injury. Since then Schumacher continues the rehabilitation process in the privacy of his home in Switzerland.
Accolades and Laurels:
From 2002-04, Michael was named the ‘Laureus World Sportsman of the Year’.
In 2006, he was felicitated with the ‘FIA Gold Medal for Motor Sport’ to commemorate his success.
The French government honoured this brilliant racer with the title of ‘Officier of Légion d’honneur’, the highest of its kind in France.
In 2014, the ‘Millenium Trophy’ was conferred upon the celebrated racer at the ‘Bambi Awards’.