Happy birthday Michael Schumacher
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together,” the statement began, before revealing some very exciting plans.”As a gift to him, you and us, the Official Michael Schumacher App will be released tomorrow, so that we can review all together Michael’s successes. The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments. We wish you a lot of fun with it.”Wife Corinna
Schumacher was born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, to Rolf Schumacher, a bricklayer, and his wife Elisabeth. When Schumacher was four, his father modified his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle engine. When Schumacher crashed it into a lamp post in Kerpen, his parents took him to the karting track at Kerpen-Horrem, where he became the youngest member of the karting club. His father soon built him a kart from discarded parts and at the age of six Schumacher won his first club championship. To support his son’s racing, Rolf Schumacher took on a second job renting and repairing karts, while his wife worked at the track’s canteen. Nevertheless, when Michael needed a new engine costing 800 DM, his parents were unable to afford it; he was able to continue racing with support from local businessmen.
At the age of 12, he got his Kart Licence and the very next year won the German Junior Kart Championship. Soon he began winning the kart championships in Europe as well. By 1987 he was the European and German kart Champion. In 1990, he won the German Formula 3 Series. He participated in the World Sportscar Championship in 1990 and 1991 winning a few races. This was an impressive achievement for a 22 year old. This helped him to be selected to join the Jordan-Ford team for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. He qualified in seventh position but had to retire in the first lap itself because of clutch problems. But many were impressed by his technical knowledge and how quickly he was able to adapt to the circuit.
Benetton-Ford signed him for the next race. In his second race with the new team, he exceeded expectations and came in fifth place. In 1992, he tasted his first victory at the Belgian Grand Prix. He finished third in the Driver’s championships. In 1993, he finished 4th in the overall championships. In 1994, Schumacher won his first Driver’s Championship at the age of 25. He won 8 out of the 14 races and beat runner-up Damon Hill by just a single point. This made him an overnight sensation in the racing World. He defended his title in 1995 by beating runner up Damon Hill by an impressive margin of 33 points. Now it was clear that Schumacher was the best F1 driver in the world.
His career changed in the year 1996 and Ferrari. Schumacher decided to join Ferrari with whom he would go on to form an extremely successful partnership. Ferrari had last won the Constructor’s Team Championships in 1979 and was looking for a great driver who could take their team back to the top. He helped Ferrari to finish second in the Constructor’s Championship. But Schumacher could win only 3 out of the 16 races.
In 1997, Schumacher was disqualified from the Driver’s Championship for unsportsmanlike conduct. This was for trying to provoke an accident with his main rival who was overtaking him to finish with the title. In 1998, Schumacher came second and in 1999, he came fifth. But the World was just about to witness history in the making.
2000s period Schumacher won more races and championships than any other driver in the history of the sport. Schumacher won his third World Championship in 2000 after a year-long battle with Häkkinen. Schumacher won the first three races of the season and five of the first eight. Midway through the year, Schumacher’s chances suffered with three consecutive non-finishes, allowing Häkkinen to close the gap in the standings. Häkkinen then took another two victories, before Schumacher won at the Italian Grand Prix. At the post race press conference, after equalling the number of wins (41) won by his idol, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher broke into tears.
During 2012 secction Schumacher was again partnered by Rosberg at Mercedes for the 2012 season. Schumacher retired from the inaugural race of the season Australian Grand Prix, and scored a point in the second race in Malaysia.In China Schumacher started on the front row alongside Rosberg on pole, but retired due to a loose wheel after a mechanic’s error during a pit stop.
Schumacher is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships, five of which he won consecutively. The most successful driver in the history of the sport, Schumacher holds the records for the most World Championship titles (7), the most Grand Prix wins (91), the most fastest laps (77) and the most races won in a single season (13), and according to the official Formula One website (Formula1.com), Schumacher was “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen” at the time of his retirement from the sport.
On 29 December 2013, Schumacher suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident. He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months until 16 June 2014. He left the hospital in Grenoble for further rehabilitation at the University Hospital of Lausanne.On 9 September 2014, Schumacher was relocated to his home where he continues to receive medical treatment and rehabilitation privately. As of 2016 he remained unable to walk or stand.