The Michael Schumacher facts: like all fans of F1 we were deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident. As we await to hear updates as Michael is gradually drawn out of his induced coma we thought we’d take a look at the life of one of F1’s brightest stars.
The birth of a star
Michael was born on January 3rd 1969 in Hurth-Hermulheim, Germany. His father, Rolf Schumacher was a bricklayer and he modified a push kart by fitting it with a small engine when Michael was only four years old.
A few years later Rolf took Michael to a go-kart track in Kerpen-Horrem and the young talent won his first club championship aged just six, much to the delight of his mother Elizabeth Schumacher. Both parents took part-time jobs at the track to support their son during his early racing years.
Early karting success
Like a good majority of professional F1 drivers Michael honed his racing skills out on a karting circuit. His first club championship happened early, Michael was a mere six years old, by the time he was 15 he was a German junior Karting champion. Move forward to 1987 and 18 year old Michael was the German and European champion. By 1990 the legend was racing in the formula three series and he was crowned German F3 champ in 1990.
Michael’s F1 career began at Jordan in 1991, on his debut he qualified 7th at the Belgium grand prix. It would only take Michael three more years to claim his first Formula One championship, winning the driver’s title for Benetton in 1994.
Michael achieved most of his F1 success driving for Ferrari, winning five straight championships from 2000 – 2004. In total the rain-master won an amazing 7 world championships, he has 91 grand prix wins and 155 podium finishes.
We’re always on the lookout for new talent at Full Throttle Raceway in the ilk of Michael Schumacher. Fingers crossed he’ll beat the odds and pull through his coma, we can only hope and pray.