On top of the world

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Nationality: German Teams: Benetton and Ferrari Total number of races: 247 F1 debut: Belgian Grand Prix in 1991. First victory: Belgian Grand Prix, 1992.

World Championships: 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) — a world record. Broke Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five in 2003.

Most GP victories: 90 (Previous best: Alain Prost 51)

Most victories with one team: 71

Most podiums: 153 (Previous best: Alain Prost 106)

Most points in a season: 148 in 2004. (Previous best: Nigel Mansell 108 in 1992)

Most wins in a season: 13 in 2004 (Previous best: Nigel Mansell 9 in 1992)

Most 2nd place finishes: 43

Most pole positions: 68 (Previous best: Ayrton Senna 65)

Most fastest laps: 75 (Previous best: Alain Prost 41)

Most race wins from pole position: 40

Most career points: 1,354 (Previous best: Alain Prost 798.5)

(All records up to the Italian Grand Prix, 2006)


1994: Wins his first World Championship title with Benetton.

2001: Posts his 52nd career victory at the Belgian Grand Prix to break Alain Prost's world record of 51 wins.

2002: Achieves most podium finishes in a season - 17.

2003: Wins his sixth World Championship to break Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio's mark of five titles.

2004: A slew of records. Wins most championship titles (7), most consecutive championship titles (5) and most races in a season (13 out of 18 races). He also posts the best winning run in a season _ seven (European GP, Canadian GP, United States GP, French GP, British GP, German GP, Hungarian GP), and most championship points in a season: 148.

2006: Becomes the only driver to win five times at Indianapolis. Also becomes the only driver to win the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours eight times.


1994: With the World Championship at stake, Schumacher, in a Benetton, runs into Damon Hill's Williams. The incident sends both cars out of the race. Though the German won his first world title, he came in for heavy criticism.

1997: In the decisive European Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain, Schumacher attempts to run Jacques Villeneuve of Canada, his main rival for the title, off the track. However, he ends up in the gravel and Villeneuve wins the title. Later, FIA strips Schumacher of all his points and the second place finish.

1998: Jams and runs David Coulthard of McLaren out of the lead at the Argentinian GP. Surprisingly he escapes punishment.

2002: Is booed by the crowd at the Austrian GP after he passes team-mate and race leader Rubens Barrichello following team orders.

2006: In an attempt to win the pole position at the Monaco GP in Monte Carlo, he brings his Ferrari to an abrupt halt and disrupts the final qualification round. He is penalised and forced to start from the back of the grid for the race.