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Nationality German
 
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1991–2006
Teams Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari
Races 250 (248 starts)
Championships 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Wins 91
Podium finishes 154
Career points 1,369
Pole positions 68
Fastest laps 76
First race 1991 Belgian Grand Prix
First win 1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Last race 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher born January 3, 1969, in Hürth Hermülheim, Germany) is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion.According to the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”. He is the first German to win the Formula One World championship and is credited with popularising Formula One in Germany.In a 2006 FIA survey, Michael Schumacher was voted the most popular driver among Formula One fans.After winning two championships with Benetton, Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive drivers’ titles with them from 2000-2004. Schumacher holds many records in Formula One, including most drivers’ championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season.Schumacher is the first and only Formula One driver to have an entire season of podium finishes (2002). His driving sometimes created controversy: he was twice involved in collisions that determined the outcome of the world championship, most notably his disqualification from the 1997 championship for causing a collision with Jacques Villeneuve. After the 2006 Formula One season Schumacher retired from race driving. He was an assistant to Scuderia Ferrari CEO Jean Todt for the 2007 Formula One season.Off the track, Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life. He is the elder brother of Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher.Formula One recordsAs of the end of the 2007 Formula One season, Michael Schumacher holds the following F1 records:

Record Number
1 Championship titles 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
2 Consecutive titles 5 (2000–2004)
3 Race victories 91
4 Consecutive wins 7 (2004, Europe–Hungary)
5 Wins with one team 72 (Ferrari)
6 Wins at same GP 8 (France)
7 Wins at different GPs 22
8 Longest Time between first and last wins 14 years, 1 month and 2 days
9 Second places 43
10 Podiums (Top 3) 154
11 Consecutive podium finishes 19 (US 2001–Japan 2002)
12 Points finishes 190
13 Laps leading 4741 (22,155 km)[118]
14 Pole positions 68
15 Front row starts 115
16 Fastest laps 76
17 Doubles (Pole and win) 40
18 Perfect Score (Pole, fastest lap and win) 22
19 Championship points 1,369
20 Consecutive race finishes 24 (Hungary 2001–Malaysia 2003)
21 Points in a season for vice-champion 121 (From 180) (2006)
22 Wins in a season for vice-champion 7 (2006)
23 Wins at Indy (Any racing class) 5
24 Wins at Monza (Formula One) 5
25 Wins in a season 13 (2004)
26 Fastest laps in a season 10 (2004)
27 Points scored in a season 148 (2004)
28 Podium finishes in a season 17 (100%) (2002)
29 Championship won with most races left 6 (2002)
30 Consecutive years with a win 15 (1992–2006)
31 Consecutive days as champion 1813 (from 8 October 2000 until 25 September 2005)

^ Record shared with Alberto Ascari (1952 Belgian GP–1953 Argentine GP). Some sources credit Ascari with nine consecutive wins, disregarding the 1953 Indianapolis 500 race, in which Ascari did not compete. The American race formed part of the world championship, but was not run to the same regulations as the other races and was very rarely attended by world championship drivers.^ Record shared with Kimi Räikkönen (2005) and Alain Prost (1984 and 1988)^ Record shared with Kimi Räikkönen (2005)

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Ayrton Senna

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Ayrton Senna da Silva(March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver and triple Formula One world champion. He remains the last Grand Prix driver killed while driving a Formula One car.A kart racer from an early age, he won the British Formula 3 championship in 1983 and made his Formula One debut with Toleman the next year. He moved to Team Lotus in 1985 and won six races there over the course of three seasons. He joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda in 1988 and won the Formula One World Championship. He developed a heated rivalry with Prost, one of the most bitter in F1 history. Senna won the championship twice more, in 1990 and 1991, the former decided in a controversial manner by a collision in one of the final races with Prost who was then a Ferrari driver. In the next two years with McLaren, despite driving an inferior car, Senna won eight races and finished runner-up for the world title in 1993. He switched to the then-dominant Williams Renault team for the 1994 Formula One season, taking three poles but never finishing a race; millions of fans witnessed his death live in global TV coverage during that year’s San Marino GP at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.His near victory during the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix despite an inferior car, his dominant first victory in the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix and his acclaimed 1993 European Grand Prix victory, all of them in extremely rain-affected conditions, showed his talent in wet weather driving. He was the fastest driver of his era over one lap, as shown by his 65 pole positions in 162 races. His record six victories in the Monaco Grand Prix, and his 1988 Japanese Grand Prix win that earned him his first Drivers’ title are several examples of his finest performances. His racing skills and personality earned him a place in motorsport history, and comparisons to Grand Prix legend Juan Manuel Fangio.Known for his ruthless will to win, some believe he occasionally crossed the fairness line, most infamously during the penultimate 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Senna was narrowly leading in the drivers’ standings, and deliberately crashed his McLaren into Alain Prost’s Ferrari.Both were eliminated from the race, which prevented Prost from earning the points needed to sustain the title fight, allowing Senna to clinch the championship. In contrast, Prost’s more subtle use of a deliberate crash to defeat Senna the preceding year was largely ignored. Williams teammate Damon Hill has suggested that Senna “would often prefer to crash into his opponent rather than be defeated”.Senna’s aggression had inspired Michael Schumacher, an F1 great who idolized Senna and had who also had a similar streak of controversy through his career.Competitive and unwilling to settle for second, his style consisted of pushing the car to its limits and going flat out, a stark contrast to the relaxed intellectual style of his nemesis Prost.Having won drivers’ titles with McLaren in 1988 and 1990-91, their unreliable car which led to dismal 1992 season had Senna almost exiting the team. Without a vacant seat in another frontrunning team, as signing with the reigning champion Williams was blocked by arch-rival Prost, Senna almost considered leaving F1 for CART, before McLaren convinced the Brazilian to stay for 1993. Having been passed by Michael Schumacher whilst in the pits during the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, Senna pushed too hard attempting to regain the lead and stalled, causing him to retire. A poor start to the 1994 season led Senna to placing utmost importance on a victory in San Marino in order to sustain the title fight, which was perhaps a factor in his fatal accident there.Also notable was the unique duality of his character. Senna’s intense and unyielding will to win on the track, was in stark contrast to his humane and compassionate exploits off it. A deeply religious man, he reportedly donated the bulk of his fortune to create the “Ayrton Senna Foundation”, with the aim of helping poor and needy young people in Brazil and around the world. Eventually becoming concerned with the potential dangers of his sport, he helped to push for the organization of a driver safety group shortly before his final race.

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