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Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher 2011

Nationality

German

2012 team

Mercedes

2012 car #

7

Races

301 (300 starts)

Championships

7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Wins

91

Podiums

155

Career points

1,560

Pole positions

68

Fastest laps

77

Michael Schumacher (born 3 January 1969) is a German Formula One racing driver for the Mercedes team. He is a seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He holds many Formula One 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 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official F1 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.

After beginning racing in go-karts, Schumacher won German drivers' championships in Formula König and Formula Three before joining Mercedes in the World Sportscar Championship. After one Mercedes-funded race for the Jordan Formula One team Schumacher signed as a driver for the Benetton Formula One team in 1991. After winning consecutive championships in 1994 and 1995, Schumacher signed with Ferrari and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000 to 2004. Schumacher retired from Formula One driving in 2006, but stayed with Ferrari as an advisor. He signed a three-year contact for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010.

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