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Michael Schumacher born in 1969

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  • Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher at the awarding of the silver laurel leaf.

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Michael Schumacher is a German motor sportsman. With seven world championship titles, he is the most successful Formula 1 driver in history. He celebrated his greatest successes from 1996 to 2006 with the Ferrari racing team, for which he won the world championship five times in a row. He has been living in seclusion with his family since a skiing accident in 2013.

  • January 3rd: Michael Schumacher is born in Hürth, a suburb of Cologne, as the son of the kart track operator Rolf Schumacher and his wife Elisabeth.

  • Schumacher drives his first go-kart races.

  • June 30th: His brother Ralf is born.

  • Schumacher becomes German junior champion in karting.

  • He wins the German Junior Championship again and is also Vice-Kart World Champion.

  • Schumacher began training as a car mechanic in Otzberg near Darmstadt and passed his journeyman's examination in 1989.

  • Winning the European Kart Championship and the German Kart Championship.

  • Winner of the German Formula King Championship and runner-up in the Formula Ford 1600 European Championship.

  • Schumacher drives his first Formula 3 season in the team of his future manager Willi Weber. He can win two races and finishes the season third in the overall standings.

  • Victory in the Formula 3 championship. Schumacher also takes part in the Mercedes-Benz junior team in the Group C World Championship and finishes fifth in the overall standings.

  • August 25: Schumacher drives his first Formula 1 race in Spa-Francochamps (Belgium) in a Jordan. He can qualify in seventh place, but retires after a few laps of the race due to technical problems. Immediately after the race, he was signed by Benetton-Renault and will drive for this team for the rest of the season. He is ranked 12th overall.

  • In his first full Formula 1 season, Schumacher celebrated his first Formula 1 victory in Spa: He won ahead of Nigel Mansell, who was already world champion at this point. Overall, Schumacher is third this season.

  • September 26th: Schumacher wins in Estoril (Portugal) ahead of world champion Alain Prost and ends the season fourth overall.

  • May 1st: Ayrton Senna, the big favorite for the 1994 world title, dies in the race in Imola (San Marino). A bitter duel develops between Senna's teammates Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. This competition culminated in the last race of the season, when both drivers were eliminated after a collision and Schumacher was able to win the world championship by one point.

  • August 5th: Marriage to Corinna Betsch. In Formula 1, Schumacher can again achieve the world championship title and thus becomes the youngest double world champion in Formula 1. He becomes a special ambassador for "Sport and Education" for UNESCO.

  • Before the start of the Formula 1 season, Schumacher switched from Benetton to Ferrari with the aim of making the traditional team victorious again. Despite a lot of technical failures, he was able to win three races (Spain, Belgium and Italy) and finished the season in third place.

  • February 20: His daughter Gina-Maria is born.

    In his second season for Ferrari, Schumacher is fighting for the world title. In the last race, however, he rammed Jacques Villeneuve, his toughest opponent, in an attempt to overtake, and was eliminated. Villeneuve can continue and becomes world champion. Because of his action against Villeneuve, Schumacher is retrospectively stripped of all the points he earned in 1997 and his runner-up title.

  • Schumacher becomes Vice World Champion of Formula 1 behind Mika Häkkinen.

  • March 22nd: Birth of his son Mick. In Formula 1 everything looks like a duel between Häkkinen and Schumacher again, until Schumacher races head-on into a wall in Silverstone (England) at over 100 km / h and breaks his right tibia and fibula. He finished the season in fifth place.

  • Schumacher becomes world champion with Ferrari for the first time. The racing company has been able to win the driver's title for the first time since 1979.

  • This season, Schumacher secured the world title before the fifth race before the end. He can also achieve the record of nine wins in one season (Nigel Mansell, 1992).

  • Schumacher becomes Formula 1 world champion for the fifth time in the seventh race before the end of the season. With 144 points, he scores more points in one season than anyone before.

  • April 20: His mother Elisabeth dies. A new points system will be introduced at the beginning of the season: For first place, the drivers will now receive eight points. Schumacher then only wins the title in the last race. It is his sixth world championship two points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

  • By the middle of the year he had already won ten out of eleven races. He ends the season with his seventh world championship. After five World Championship titles in a row and seven World Championship titles in total, he is the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time.

  • The season ends in 3rd place for Schumacher. However, he only achieved one Grand Prix victory.

  • Schumacher lends the Pixar animation film "Cars" his voice for the Ferrari F430, both in the English and in the German version.

    10/22 Schumacher drives the last race for Ferrari and withdraws from Formula 1. He finished the season in second place in the World Cup.

  • In the real-life version of the comic "Asterix at the Olympic Games", Schumacher plays the role of the fast German "Schumix", a horse-drawn car racing driver.

    His brother Ralf ended his Formula 1 career after 10 years and switched to the DTM.

  • 20.3. As an amateur, Schumacher takes part in a so-called motorcycle racing for fun event. He landed in 3rd place straight away. During the year he took part in nine races in the Superbike class of the International German Motorcycle Championship for the Holzhauer Racing Promotion team.

  • 23.12. After there had already been rumors, the new Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team announces that Schumacher has signed a three-year contract and will return to Formula 1.

  • Return to Formula 1: Due to technical difficulties with the car, the comeback season turns out to be unexpectedly difficult for Schumacher. It ends with 9th place in the overall World Cup. For 2012 he announces that he wants to win the title. Schumacher's press spokeswoman Sabine Kehm will be his new manager and will be Willi Weber's successor.

  • The 2011 season also begins disappointingly for Schumacher and Mercedes. There are increasing rumors that he will resign at the end of 2011. The rumors are not true. At the end of the season he was 8th in the world rankings.

  • The high susceptibility to defects in his car slows Schumacher's ambitions in 2012 as well.

    4.10. In Suzuka (Japan), Schumacher announced his final retirement from Formula 1. His last season ended for him in 13th place in the World Championship standings.

  • 12/29 Schumacher falls hard while skiing in the French Alps and hits his head against a rock. He suffers a severe traumatic brain injury and is put into an artificial coma in the intensive care unit of the clinic in Grenoble (F). His critical condition causes a lot of media hype.

  • June 16: His press spokeswoman and manager Sabine Kehm announced that Schumacher was no longer in a coma and had left the clinic in Grenoble. First he comes to the university clinic in Lausanne (CH) for rehabilitation.

    September: Schumacher leaves the Lausanne clinic and continues his rehabilitation at home.

    November: A year after his accident, his manager explains that Schumacher is making progress that is commensurate with the severity of his injury.

    Schumacher receives the Millennium Bambi. Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel gives the laudatory speech.

  • February 15: Opening of the exhibition "Michael Schumacher - The Record World Champion" in Marburg an der Lahn, which should run until 2018.

    May: 25 years after his debut in Formula 1, Schumacher was awarded the Nürburgring's Lifetime Achievement Prize.

  • Schumacher is inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Sports initiated by the Deutsche Sporthilfe Foundation. Nothing is known about his health.


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Status: March 20, 2017
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Recommended citation:
Haunhorst, Regina / Trösch, Sven / Vargas Gonzalez, Veronica: Biography Michael Schumacher, in: LeMO-Biografien, Lebendiges Museum Online, Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany, URL: /michael-schumacher.html
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