As you may know already, Michael Schumacher suffered a severe ski accident and the well-known F1 driver is currently in hospital fighting for his life. Today it is a very special day for him, as the German driver celebrates his 45th birthday. In a very smart PR move, Ferrari didn’t forget that Schumacher won 72 races with the Scuderia from 1996 to 2006 and gave the millions of Prancing Horse fans from all over the world so much pleasure.
President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali keep in touch all the time with Michael’s family, despite the fact that he is currently a driver for Mercedes-Benz. The last race for Michael Schumacher was in November 25, 2012, when the German driver finished on the 7th place the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
Schumacher was born on January 3, 1969 in Hurth, Germany, to Rolf and Elisabeth Schumacher. Even at small age, Schumacher already manifested his love for speed. When he was four, he became the youngest member of the karting club at Kerpen-Horrem. When he was six, Schumacher won his first club championship. Since one has to be at least 14 years to obtain a kart license in Germany, Schumacher went to Luxembourg to get his. He was 12 by then. After turning 14 in 1983, Schumacher obtained his German license. Starting From 1984 on, Schumacher managed to grab many kart championships in Germany and Europe.
Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, serving as a replacement for the then incarcerated Bertrand Gachot. He, however retired on the first lap of the race, no thanks to clutch issued. He drove for Benetton from 1991 to 1995. He earned his first Formula One driver’s championship in 1994, a season marred by the death of another legendary racer, Ayrton Senna. Schumacher followed this win with another championship in 1995.
Starting the 1996 season, Schumacher piloted for Ferrari. He has done this for around a decade until his retirement in 2006. He established his legend at Ferrari by winning five Formula One championships in a row – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2002, Schumacher grabbed the championship even when there are still six races remaining -- finishing on the podium in each race. In 2004, Schumacher won 12 of the first 13 races, and grabbed the record of 13 wins in a season.
Schumacher is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever, and is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One championships. He also holds the most Grand Prix wins (91) and the most fastest laps (77).
He returned from retirement in 2010, and now drives for Mercedes.