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Top 5 controversies of Michael Schumacher

Sai Tharun U
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Schumacher vs Hill - 1994 Australia
Schumacher vs Hill - 1994 Australia

Michael Schumacher, the 7-time World Champion is widely regarded as the greatest Formula One driver of all-time. The German driver has the most titles (7), most race wins (91), most fastest laps (77), most successive Championship victories (5, from 2000-2004) and most races won in a single season (13). In 2002, he finished on the podium in every race, as he sealed his title with 6 races left to be conducted. He dominated Formula One tracks for over a decade. Schumi, as he is called by his mates, courted many a controversy during his illustrious career. He won plenty of titles comfortably, but early in his career, he had 2 championship battles that were decided in the ultimate race of the season. His competitors were Damon Hill in 1994 and Jacques Villeneuve in 1997. He beat Hill, and fell to Villeneuve, but not before causing a huge stir in the racing fraternity in both seasons.

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - 1994


Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill
Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill

In the 1994 Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher led Damon Hill by 1 point in the race for the Championship. He started the race brilliantly, leading from lap 1 to lap 34. All signs pointed towards a first title for the German, when unexpectedly on lap 35, Schumacher sped off track into the walls and damaged his right side wheels. He returned to track still in the lead, but hampered for speed with Hill closing in on him. As Hill tried to pass the German on the next corner, Schumacher cut inside sharply and collided with Hill, eliminating both drivers from the race. Schumacher won the title, but drew flak from the British media for 'unsportsmanlike' conduct on track. He was accused by a large section of the public of deliberately causing the collision, but the FIA took no action, and tagged it a 'racing accident'.

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