German ace Michael Schumacher is widely recognised as being the world's best ever racing driver. Michael is a 7-time F1 World Champion and now races for the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. He holds many of Formula 1's driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004.
In 2002 Schumacher became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen". In 2009, a poll of 217 Formula One drivers conducted by the British magazine Autosport named Schumacher as "the second-greatest Formula One driver who ever lived", behind Ayrton Senna. Before his career with Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship, he won German drivers' championships in Formula König and Formula Three. As of the 2012 Formula One season Schumacher is the only driver left competing in Formula 1 to have raced against Ayrton Senna.
Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000 to 2004. Michael and his younger brother Ralf Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in Formula One, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001. The two brothers repeated this achievement in four more races (2001 French Grand Prix, 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2003 Canadian Grand Prix, 2004 Japanese Grand Prix).