Having 76 fastest laps to his credit, the greatest German racing driver Michael Schumacher is one of the top sports men of century. It is the spell of his exceptional command over driving and racing that has honored him with endless fame.
The most valued champion of Formula one racing driver Michael Schumacher was born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on 3 January 1969. His inclination towards driving made him won his first club championship at age of six and got a license in Luxembourg in 1981. After two years in 1983 he obtained German license and won German Junior Kart Championship in 1984. But it was in 1988 when he stepped first time into single-seat car racing participating in German Formula Ford and Formula König series.
Up till now Michael Schumacher has 91 wins, 154 podiums and 68 pole positions. He raced first time in 1991 Belgian Grand Prix and his first win was 1992 Belgian Grand Prix. 2006 Chinese Grand Prix was his last win and 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was last race ending with 9th position.
Michael Schumacher also won the season finale at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in a Sauber–Mercedes C11 in 1990 World Sports car Championship season. His proficiency to produce fast laps at crucial moments in race made Motor sport author Christopher Hilton observing in 2003 that “A measure of a driver’s capabilities is his performance in wet races, because the most delicate car control and sensitivity are needed.” This was his ability that bestowed him with 17 wins of the 30 races that he endeavored in wet conditions for which he also got nick names as Regenkönig and Regenmeister. Also due to his red Ferrari he is known as “the Red Baron.”
After his retirement from Formula One driving in 2006 the FIA survey statistically proved Michael Schumacher “the most popular driver of the season” among Formula One fans. He blissfully has seven times World Champion winning and includes most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and 13 races winnings in single season in 2004.
Michael Schumacher has also undergone some controversies in 1994 and 1997 yet he continued car racing with same obsession as he always did. He made his appearance in Top Gear in 2009 where during his interview he said that the road cars that he drives are a Fiat 500 Abarth, and a Fiat Croma which is his family car. Though he retired in 2006 but remained in touch with Ferrari as an advisor. He agreed upon returning in 2009 and later signed a 3 years contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team beginning in 2010.