Michael Schumacher (Hürth-Hermülheim, January 3, 1969 -) is a German racer, seven-time world champion in Formula One and one of the most successful drivers in the sport. He was the first German world champion in Formula One, who also played a major role in promoting the sport in Germany. In a 2006 survey by the FIA (International Automobile Federation), fans were selected as the most popular Formula One rider. After winning the 1994 and 1995 World Championships with the Benetton team, he signed with Ferrari in 1996, where Between 2004 and 2004, he won five World Championship titles in a row. He is one of the seven-time world champions in the sport, winning the most world titles, having the fastest lap in most competitions, and topping the list of most victories in a single season. Uniquely in the sport, he was able to take the podium in every race of the 2002 season. His leadership style has often sparked controversy. He was involved twice in the clash that won the World Cup, of which he was disqualified after his 1997 clash with Jacques Villeneuve.
Outside the race track, he was a UNESCO ambassador and a participant in a number of humanitarian initiatives, as well as an advocate for the safety of competitors. His younger brother, Ralf Schumacher, was also a Formula One driver. His son, Mick Schumacher, has since followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle.
He suffered a serious ski accident in late 2013, after which he went into a coma.
Before Formula 1
His father was a bricklayer and his mother was the manager of a small buffet. His father, Rolf Schumacher, worked as a supervisor at the Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips go-kart track in second place.
Michael received his first go-kart from his parents for his fourth birthday. In 1975, at the age of six, he achieved his first recorded success: he became the champion of the Kerpen go-kart club. In 1984 he won the German junior championship in go-kart, which he repeated in 1985 and also filled him with a second place in a junior world championship. In 1986, he finished third in the German Adult Go-Kart Championship and the European Adult Kart Championship. In 1987 he became German champion and European champion. Already in his go-kart age, he met later Formula 1 opponents such as Mika Häkkinen or Heinz-Harald Frentzen. In 1988, he started racing cars in the German Formula König series. He won nine of the tournament’s ten races, finishing in second place. In the same year, he finished sixth in the German Formula-Ford 1600 Championship (competing in only 10 races in the 12-race Championship) and second in the Formula-Ford 1600 European Championship (competing in 4 races in the 5-race Championship). This year, he met Willi Weber, who was the team leader of a German Formula 3 team, WTS, and was looking for young talent. Weber had Schumacher's excellent car control on the wet asphalt in a rainy race and was contracted to his team by 1989 and became the manager of the race. In his first Formula One season, he finished third in the German championship behind Karl Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. He had equal points with the latter (163 points), the former one point ahead. He also started the Macao Formula 3 World Cup in the same season (where the best of the world’s various Formula 3 championships compete). He won the first race, but was eliminated in the second.
In 1990, he also won the German Formula 3 Championship and the Macau World Cup, where Mika Häkkinen was his biggest rival. A few weeks later, he also won the Formula 3 Fuji Cup and won a $ 30,000 cash prize with the Macau-Fuji doubling, which no one had ever done before.