January 3, 1969 – F1 World Champ Michael Schumacher is born

Seven-Time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher was born on this day in 1969 in Hürth, West Germany. Schumacher’s went into his first F1 entry at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix amongst much hype after qualifying for the seventh position. Come race day, Schumacher wouldn’t make it past the first lap due to clutch problems. This was no precursor to the rest of his career, which earned him much praise as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. After winning his first championship in 1994, he followed it up in 1995, racing both seasons with Benetton. He would move over to Ferrari in 1996. He barely missed titles in 1997 and 1998, then broke his leg in 1999, putting an end to yet another title run. He would return in 2000 hungry for more gold, and gold he got. He would win that year’s championship, as well as those of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The five consecutive wins would be his last, and he would retire from racing in 2012, but not before leaving his mark on Formula One. 1 Michael Schumacher at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix – By emperornie – https://www.flickr.com/photos/77326563@N06/7392073164/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=380017372. Schumacher celebrates a second-place finish at the 1997 German Grand Prix. By Cord Rodefeld from Ulm, Germany – Hockenheim 1997, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2492609

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