41 Facts About Michael Schumacher

1. Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 World Drivers' Championship due to dangerous driving in the European Grand Prix, where he caused an avoidable accident with Jacques Villeneuve.

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2. Michael Schumacher was there on that occasion because Ferrari would not allow anyone else to drive the one-of-a-kind black Ferrari FXX that was featured in the show.

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3. Michael Schumacher retired from the race as a result, but Villeneuve finished in third place, taking four points and so becoming the World Champion.

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4. On 13 November 2014, Michael Schumacher was awarded the Millennium Trophy at the Bambi Awards.

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5. On 30 April 2010, Michael Schumacher was honored with the Officier of Legion d'honneur title from French prime minister Francois Fillon.

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6. From the 2001 season, Michael Schumacher continued to use the Schuberth helmet until his last race in Formula One.

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7. In October 2012, Michael Schumacher announced he would retire for a second time at the conclusion of the season.

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8. At the European Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher finished third in the race, his only podium finish since his return to F1 with Mercedes.

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9. Michael Schumacher was fastest in qualifying in Monaco; but started sixth owing to his penalty.

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10. Michael Schumacher retired from the inaugural race of the season Australian Grand Prix, and scored a point in the second race in Malaysia.

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11. Michael Schumacher was again partnered by Rosberg at Mercedes for the 2012 season.

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12. Michael Schumacher finished the season in eighth place in the Drivers' Championship, with 76 points.

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13. At the Indian Grand Prix Michael Schumacher started well and finished fifth after overtaking Rosberg at the end of the race.

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14. Michael Schumacher clashed with Vitaly Petrov in Valencia, and with Kamui Kobayashi in Britain, and marked the 20th anniversary of his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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15. Michael Schumacher was passed late in the race by eventual winner Jenson Button.

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16. At the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Michael Schumacher was involved in a major accident on the first lap, which occurred after a spin.

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17. At the Monaco Grand Prix Michael Schumacher finished sixth after passing Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on the final corner of the race when the safety car returned to the pits.

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18. Michael Schumacher turned 41 in January 2010 and his prospects with Mercedes were compared with the record set by the oldest F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio who was 46 when he won his fifth championship.

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19. In December 2009 it was announced that Michael Schumacher would be returning to Formula One in the 2010 season alongside fellow German driver Nico Rosberg in the new Mercedes GP team.

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20. Michael Schumacher recovered and overtook both Fisichella and Raikkonen to secure fourth place.

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21. Michael Schumacher pitted and consequently fell to 19th place, 70 seconds behind teammate and race leader Felipe Massa.

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22. Early in the race Michael Schumacher moved up to sixth place.

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23. Michael Schumacher was stripped of pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix and started the race at the back of the grid.

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24. Michael Schumacher won the San Marino Grand Prix and the next two races, and closed within two points of Raikkonen.

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25. Michael Schumacher broke Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five World Drivers' Championships by winning the drivers' title for the sixth time in 2003, a closely contested season.

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26. In 2002, Michael Schumacher used the Ferrari F2002 to retain his Drivers' Championship.

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27. Michael Schumacher won his third World Championship in 2000 after a year-long battle with Hakkinen.

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28. Michael Schumacher was punished for unsportsmanlike conduct for the collision and was disqualified from the Drivers' Championship.

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29. Michael Schumacher finished third in the Drivers' Championship in 1996 and helped Ferrari to second place in the Constructors' Championship ahead of his old team Benetton.

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30. Michael Schumacher declared the Ferrari 412T good enough to win the Championship.

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31. Michael Schumacher won nine of the 17 races, and finished on the podium 11 times.

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32. Michael Schumacher was disqualified after winning the Belgian Grand Prix after his car was found to have illegal wear on its skidblock, a measure used after the accidents at Imola to limit downforce and hence cornering speed.

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33. At the British Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was penalised for overtaking on the formation lap.

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34. Michael Schumacher won one race, the Portuguese Grand Prix where he beat Prost, and had nine podium finishes, but retired in seven of the other 15 races.

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35. In the "conventional" Benetton B192 Michael Schumacher took his place on the podium for the first time, finishing third in the Mexican Grand Prix.

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36. Michael Schumacher finished the 1991 season with four points out of six races.

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37. In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver of the season among Formula One fans.

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38. Michael Schumacher is often credited with popularising Formula One in Germany, where it was formerly considered a fringe sport.

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39. On 9 September 2014, Michael Schumacher was relocated to his home where he continues to receive medical treatment and rehabilitation privately.

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40. In October 2012, Michael Schumacher announced he would retire for a second time at the end of the season.

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41. In 2002, Michael Schumacher won the title with a record six races remaining and finished on the podium in every race.

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