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Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher biography
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Michael Schumacher biography

Michael Schumacher (January 3, 1969), Formula 1 driver. Born in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany. His family was not well off, his mother Elisabeth and his father Rolf Schumacher, who worked as a bricklayer. His father with his great skill and his great passion for cars, he modified his son Michael his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle motor. After seeing his love for riding, his parents scored him in a karting club in Kerpen-Horrem, where he became the youngest member. Surprisingly at age six, he won his first club championship in the region. Despite the harsh situation, the love and support of his parents were such that his mother entered as a waitress in a bar on the track of the club and Rolf took a second job.

The efforts were rewarded, Michael was one of the best of the club, for that reason, he was champion in the junior category of karts. Encouraged by this, he decided to compete in the world championship of this modality, he won the silver medal. After that, in his youth, he participated and won several victories in Formula Konig, Formula Ford and Formula 3 before going on to compete in Formula 1. In 1991, he made his debut in Belgium, he was seventh in a circuit of great complexity. Not a month passed when he got the fifth place in the Grand Prix of Monza carried out in Italy. He entered as a driver of the Benetton team, participated in the drivers’ championship, was third in 1991 and fourth in 1992 in Belgium and Portugal, respectively.

It would not be long until he managed to enter the Formula 1 competition and the following year proclaimed himself world champion of Formula 1 in 1994; year in which he maintained a remarkable and tough competition with Briton Damon Hill, but managed to beat them by repeating this triumph in 1995. This same year he married Corinna, from that union, were born two children: Gina-Maria and Mick.

The Ferrari team, after seeing their 19 victories since they stepped on the Formula 1, made the proposal to integrate their team in 1996. In the first season with them, was third in the final classification of drivers after winning the Grand Prix from Spain, Belgium, and Italy. Due to his good performance, Michael agreed to renew his contract with Ferrari until 2002. After the first year of renewal, he suffered a serious accident on the track at Silverstone, where he feared for his life. Fortunately, the young man recovered. The team was concerned that his performance was not the same for his long absence, but it was a surprise since in 2000 he won the first three GPs.

In 2002, Michael Schumacher was proclaimed champion of the world of Formula 1, after dominating the race in the Grand Prix of France. In just one year, on October 12, 2003, it was proclaimed world champion of Formula 1 again, it would be the fourth championship won consecutively, after its classification in the eighth position in the Grand Prix of Japan. In a short time mathematically secured the seventh world title of Formula 1, finishing in second place at Spa-Francorchamps, Grand Prix of Belgium. The success of the youngster was devastating, generating its appearance in sports channels and the sports press.

When he was 37 years and 16 seasons in Formula 1 on his shoulders, he announced his retirement from the competition in 2006. But at four years decided to resume this time with the Mercedes GP team directed by Ross Brawn. But it did not last long, it was three seasons, on October 4, 2012, expressed to the media that it would end his sports career. Since he regained his best result was a third place, reached in the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, in addition to the pole he achieved in Monaco, although he was withdrawn by taking a penalty of five positions of the previous race. His level was not the same, he had 13 losses.

Despite this, Michael Schumacher did not stop being admired as one of the greatest athletes in Germany and the world, therefore, on September 5, 2007, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports for his sports career. In the history of Formula 1, he was the most successful driver, and also the most sanctioned. Schumacher was in 312 races, was world champion seven times in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. In addition, he won 91 victories throughout his career and 69 poles. His last victory was at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix and his last race was at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

On December 29, 2013, it was a day of commotion for Formula 1, Michael Schumacher suffered a serious accident while skiing in the French Alps, specifically, off-piste in the alpine resort of Méribel, where he lived in a private residence. This accident caused him a severe head injury, which caused him to go into a coma, he was immediately operated on in the neurosurgery section. He was in a coma for six months, until June 16, 2014, resumed his brain activities. Subsequently, he left the Grenoble hospital to be rehabilitated at the University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne. On September 9, 2014, he was able to return home where he continued under medical treatment and rehabilitation.

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