F1: Michael Schumacher, Best Moments of his career

Schumacher Japan GP
Schumacher Japan GP

Formula One fraternity mostly falls short of adjectives when it comes to the description of probably the greatest driver in the history of Grand Prix racing and hence the name is etched to every F1 fanatic around the globe. The exceptional, Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut with the Jordan-Ford Formula One team at the Belgian GP, Spa- Francorchamps and impressed many on his first outing by qualifying 7th on the grid which was also the best qualifying position the team had seen. He found his initial success with the Benetton F1 team, he won two world championship title's with the team before making his move to Ferrari.

The German was hugely successful and achieved the legendary status in the sport while driving for the Italian team. He will be remembered by most of the fans in his striking red Ferrari suit and the Marlboro Ferrari Livery car in which he showed dominant form. He retired from the sport at the end of 2006 season for the first time while driving for Ferrari and then made a shocking comeback with the Mercedes AMG F1 team in 2010. He just managed to get one podium finish with the German team in 2012 European GP. The German finally bid goodbye to Formula 1 at the end of 2012 season.

Schumi has numerous records to his credit and to start with- Most World Championship titles(7),5 of which he won in a row. Maximum no of Grand Prix wins (91), the Highest number of fastest laps (77) and the Most Races won in a single season(13).

In December 2013, Schumacher had a near fatal head injury while skiing in the French Alps and left each one of us in a despair. After which he was kept in a medically induced coma for 6 months straight until June 2014 and he further went to University Hospital of Laussane for rehabilitation. Since then his condition has been mysterious and he hasn't made a single public appearance till date. All his fans and followers pray the best for him. Though he was great throughout his career but here we have the ultimate best moments of his career

#First Victory- Belgian Grand Prix 1992

MOTOR RACING BELGIUM GRAND PRIX
Belgian GP 1992 Nigel Mansell & the winner Michael Schumacher

It all began at Spa 1992 where Michael recorded his first of the 91 F1 career wins. The German qualified 3rd on the grid behind Senna in 2nd and the world champion Mansell on pole. In the early part of the race Senna showed strong pace and was leading for Williams. When the rain came the Brazilian gambled on the tyre strategy which did not work well for him. The 23-year-old youngster from Germany and a master in wet claimed victory ahead of the new world champion Mansell. He became the youngest winner in the quarter of a century and then 4th youngest in history. Schumacher's feat stunned the world.

Video: Schumacher claims victory at Spa 1992

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#Titles in a row with Benetton

F1 Grand Prix of Belgium
F1 Grand Prix

Schumacher's maiden World Championship title came in the year 1994 when Benetton was wrapped under several technical controversies and it wasn't a great year for the team. Senna and Ratzenberger also died the same year but by the time, Schumacher had already won 8 times and was in a dominating position to claim the world title. Although Damon Hill pressurized him at the end, eventually the German marched his way towards victory and then in 1995 again he bagged the World Championship title, becoming F1's youngest double world champion back then.

#Deceiving the Rain in Spain-1996

Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix Of Spain
Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix Of Spain

There are innumerable moments to watch upon among his 91 victories but none compared to Spanish GP 1996. It was not only the victory that he clinched in trickest conditions but also it was also his maiden one for Ferrari which added a special element to it. This race is also one of the greatest races of all time by Schumacher.

Schumacher started third on the grid and after a bad start he was dropped to sixth , it was purely magical in rain how he recovered and took the lead within a span of 13 laps. He claimed victory in style with over 45 seconds lead to the second place and also set the fastest lap of the race.

#Ending Ferrari's 21 year Drought

FORMEL 1: GP von JAPAN 2000
FORMULA 1: GP von JAPAN 2000

Though there was no shortage of victories for Schumacher with Ferrari in his early season. The German was hired to bag the Driver's championship title, that has eluded Scuderia Ferrari since 1979, continued to remain out of reach. Michael and Ferrari came close to winning the title in the year 1997-98 but failed. He returned back in an amazing manner in 1999 and finally in the year 2000 he won the World championship title giving a break to Ferrari's 21-year wait

#Smashing Fangio's record and Rewriting F1 records

Motorsport/Formel 1: GP von Japan 2004
Motorsport/Formel 1: GP von Japan 2004

Belgian GP 2003 offered Schumacher the chance to overhaul F1's most longstanding record, that was Juan-Manuel Fangio's record of 5 Formula One Driver's World Championship Titles set in 1957. In 2003 he broke Fangio's record in which he faced a long sibling battle, eventually beating his brother Ralf Schumacher. At the age of 35, he won his 7th World Championship Title and engraved his name in F1 record books. He made a statement: "winning 13 races in the same year and taking title number seven in commanding style"

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Edited by Shahid Salman
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