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45 Facts About Michael Schumacher You Need To Know

Michael Schumacher is a 7-time F1 World Champion who had the majority of his success with Ferrari. The Schumacher name became synonymous with the Italian supercar brand as well as the sport in the early 2000s.

When many people think about Formula 1, they likely think about Michael Schumacher too. The German has truly become a legend and sealed his name in the history books of the sport. Below are 45 facts you need to know about the legend that is Michael Schumacher.

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1. When And Where Was Michael Schumacher Born?

Michael Schumacher was born on January 3 in 1969. Schumacher was born in Hürth-Hermülheim which was in West Germany at the time of his birth. Hürth, as the town is more commonly known, is in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and shares borders with the city of Cologne.

2. What Is Michael Schumacher’s Zodiac Sign?

Michael Schumacher’s zodiac sign is Capricorn. The Capricorn sign originates from the constellation of Capricornus, the horned goat. Some other famous Capricorn Formula 1 personalities include Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff, Jenson Button, and Gilles Villeneuve.

3. Michael Schumacher Height & Weight

Michael Schumacher is 1.74 meters tall (5 ft 7 inches). This is just about on par with other Formula 1 drivers in terms of height. Drivers who are taller tend to be at a disadvantage when it comes to single seater racing. Schumacher’s weight was 75 kilograms (165 lbs) while he was racing.

4. Where Did Michael Schumacher Go To School?

Michael Schumacher went to school at Realschule der Stadt Kerpen from 1980 to 1986. At the age of 17, Schumacher quit school and began working as a mechanic to pursue his racing career. Just a few years later, he would make it to the pinnacle of motorsport with his debut being in 1991 with Jordan.

5. How Many Races Did Michael Schumacher Start?

Michael Schumacher started 306 races in his Formula 1 career, having entered 308. The first DNS was at the 1996 French Grand Prix where his engine blew on the warm up lap. The second DNS was at Silverstone in 1996 where his car suffered a failure on the warm up lap, leading to him breaking his leg.

6. How Many Races Did Michael Schumacher Win?

Michael Schumacher won 91 races throughout his career, which held the record for the most race wins in the history of the sport until Lewis Hamilton broke the record in 2020. Schumacher’s first win came at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix and his last win came at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.

7. How Many World Championships Did Michael Schumacher Win?

Michael Schumacher won a record-breaking 7 World Championships in F1. Previously the record was held by Juan Manuel Fangio who had 5 world titles. Lewis Hamilton matched the record of 7 World Championships in 2020, drawing equal with the German Formula 1 legend.

8. Is Michael Schumacher The GOAT?

While Michael Schumacher has long been regarded as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), it’s impossible to determine whether it’s true. All drivers competed in different eras and with different rules, making it impossible to determine who truly is the greatest driver the sport has ever seen. 

9. Why Is Michael Schumacher Said To Be The Best?

Michael Schumacher is said to be the best driver in F1 as he held records for the most wins (91), most pole positions (68), and most championships (7) before Lewis Hamilton eclipsed many of them. Schumacher was also considered to be one of the most hard working and well-rounded drivers on the grid. 

10. How Was Michael Schumacher So Fast?

Michael Schumacher was an incredibly fast driver in part because he was very analytical and hardworking, but he also just had a lot of natural talent. Schumacher often stayed behind with his team to have longer debriefs and spend time working on the car rather than going back to the hotel. 

11. Did Michael Schumacher Have The Fastest Car? 

Michael Schumacher had some of the fastest and most dominant cars the sport has ever seen. The 2002 and 2004 seasons saw the German dominating with his Ferraris. He won 11 out of 17 races in 2002, and 13 out of 18 races in 2004.

12. Did Michael Schumacher Have The Best Car? 

Michael Schumacher often had the best car on the grid, being both incredibly fast and having excellent reliability. However, Schumacher also had average cars, with the 1996 Ferrari being very unreliable, and he finished just 9 of the season’s 16 races – he still came 3rd in the championship.

13. What Was Michael Schumacher Like As A Driver?

While Michael Schumacher was a great personality in the paddock, he was an aggressive racer on track. Schumacher was faced with several situations where he would drive aggressively and fight other cars. Even late in his career during his time at Mercedes he had controversial incidents.

14. Was Michael Schumacher Ever Beaten By A Teammate?

Michael Schumacher was beaten by a teammate, when Nico Rosberg beat him in 2010 by 60 points, in 2011 by 13 points, and by 44 points in 2012. Michael Schumacher was known for being the team leader at Ferrari, but he was also beaten in 1999 by Eddie Irvine, largely because Schumacher missed 7 races.

15. What Records Does Michael Schumacher Still Hold?

Michael Schumacher is currently equal on the most World Championships at 7, wins in consecutive seasons with 15, most wins at one Grand Prix with 8, and most pole positions at one Grand Prix (8). Lewis Hamilton is equal with Schumacher on all of these records, so they could still be broken.

16. What Was Michael Schumacher’s Number?

Michael Schumacher’s number was often 1, although he also raced with 3, 5, 7, 19, and 32. As the sport only allowed drivers to choose their own racing numbers from the 2014 season onwards, we will never know what racing number the German legend would have preferred to have on his car. 

17. Did Michael Schumacher Ever Use Number 1?

Michael Schumacher used the number 1 on his car a total of 7 times throughout his career. He currently holds the record for the driver to have used this number the most in Formula 1. While Lewis Hamilton also has 7 titles, he chose to keep 44 on his car despite being able to race with number 1.

18. Why Did Michael Schumacher Use MSC?

Michael Schumacher used MSC because his brother Ralf was in F1 at the same time as him. Ralf used RSC and Michael used MSC to ensure they were easily differentiated on the timing screens. Drivers are often given the abbreviation of the first three letters of their last name in Formula 1 (i.e. SCH). 

19. When Did Michael Schumacher Start Go Karting?

Michael Schumacher started go-karting at 4 years old. Schumacher was too young to obtain his competitive karting license in Germany (14 years minimum age), so instead he got it from Luxembourg (12 years minimum age) and started competing in karting races around Europe.

20. Did Michael Schumacher Race Sports Cars Before F1?

Michael Schumacher did race sports cars before F1 during the 1990 and 1991 racing seasons. Schumacher moved into sports cars rather than the usual Formula 3000 step that other aspiring Formula 1 drivers took. Many believed that this would hinder his progress to Formula 1, but clearly it didn’t.

21. Was Michael Schumacher In The Mercedes Junior Racing Program?

Michael Schumacher joined the Mercedes Junior Racing Program to race in sports cars after his stint in junior single seaters. While many other drivers on the same path opted for Formula 3000 as their next step, Schumacher chose a more unconventional path, but he still made it to F1. 

22. How Many Teams Did Michael Schumacher Race For?

Michael Schumacher raced for 4 different teams. The first was Jordan, which is where he made his debut in the sport. His next team was Benneton where he put in some excellent performances before sealing his move to Ferrari. In 2010, Schumacher joined the newly established Mercedes F1 team.

23. When Did Michael Schumacher Race For Jordan?

Michael Schumacher raced for Jordan in 1991. The German was able to make his Formula 1 debut by replacing Bertrand Gachot part way through the season. Mercedes paid Jordan $150,000 for the race, and it was the only race that Schumacher completed for the team, as he moved to Benetton.

24. When Did Michael Schumacher Race For Benetton?

Michael Schumacher raced for Benetton for most of the 1991 season (after leaving Jordan after just one race) and stayed there until the end of the 1995 season. Schumacher won his first and second World Championships with Benetton in 1994 and 1995.

25. Why Did Michael Schumacher Join Ferrari?

Michael Schumacher joined Ferrari in part for the money and in part for the challenge. Ferrari were going through their most difficult spell in Formula 1 at the time, and Schumacher’s mentor Jochen Mass played a part in convincing him to move to the Italian giants and pull them out of their rut.

26. Why Did Michael Schumacher Leave Ferrari?

Michael Schumacher left Ferrari at the end of the 2006 season when he first retired from Formula 1. Schumacher and Ferrari were still winning races, battling Fernando Alonso and Renault for the World Championships, which made the timing of his retirement seem sudden and suspicious.

27. Was Michael Schumacher Pushed Out Of Ferrari?

There has been a lot of speculation about Ferrari choosing to prioritize Kimi Raikkonen over Michael Schumacher for the 2007 season leading the German into a forced retirement. However, there is no concrete evidence that this was the case. The reality is that no one knows the truth behind the situation at Ferrari in 2006.

28. Why Did Michael Schumacher Go To Mercedes?

Michael Schumacher went to Mercedes in large part because Ross Brawn was there, with whom he won all 7 of his World Championships. He ended his (first) retirement in 2010 as he returned to F1 with the newly established team, and he stayed there until he retired (again) at the end of the 2012 season.

29. When Did Michael Schumacher Retire? 

Michael Schumacher retired for the first time at the end of the 2006 season. Schumacher was driving for Ferrari at the time. He retired for a second time in 2012, with the Brazilian Grand Prix being his final send off from F1, ending a career with 7 World Championships and 91 wins.

30. Was Michael Schumacher Really The Stig?

Michael Schumacher was not really the Stig. In season 13 episode 1 of Top Gear, the show jokingly revealed Michael Schumacher as the famous Stig. However, the Stig’s true identity was later revealed to be Ben Collins as he wrote in his biography “The Man in the White Suit.”

31. Was The Michael Schumacher Tunnel Stunt Real?

The Michael Schumacher tunnel stunt wasn’t entirely real. Mercedes-Benz filmed an impressive advert for their SLS AMG Supercar with Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. The stunts performed in the advert were partly realistic, but much of it was done using clever post production work and CGI.

32. Why Did Michael Schumacher Cry In The Press Conference?

Michael Schumacher cried in a press conference at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 2000 because he had just matched Ayrton Senna’s 41 victories. The German was visibly emotional as he was reminded of Senna who was one of his heroes in the sport before he tragically died at Imola in 1994.

33. What Does Michael Schumacher’s Daughter Do?

Michael Schumacher’s daughter Gina is a professional horse rider and has won several competitions and gold medals through her efforts in events such as the FEI World Reining Championships in 2017.

34. What Languages Does Michael Schumacher Speak?

Michael Schumacher is fluent in English as well as his home language German. However, during his time spent at Ferrari he would have picked up Italian, as many Ferrari drivers do. It’s also reported that Schumacher was well versed in French, another language that is popular around Europe.

35. Is Michael Schumacher Religious?

Michael Schumacher is widely believed to be Roman Catholic, and has been since a young age. Schumacher was also famous for wearing a cross necklace, which could be a symbol of his religious beliefs, but isn’t necessarily concrete evidence of how religious he was.

36. How Many Cars Does Michael Schumacher Own?

Reports indicate Michael Schumacher owns 14 supercars, along with several Formula 1 cars. This does not include daily driver and family cars that might be used for general purposes. With Schumacher’s personal life being kept relatively private, it’s unclear exactly how many cars he owns. 

37. Was Michael Schumacher Knighted?

While Michael Schumacher has received many recognitions for his achievements in Formula 1, he has not been knighted. Germany does not have a knighthood for their citizens like the British do, making it impossible for Schumacher to be knighted.

38. Is Michael Schumacher Left Handed?

Michael Schumacher is not left handed. When looking at images of Schumacher signing autographs, he always has the pen in his right hand.

39. Is Michael Schumacher Max Verstappen’s Uncle?

Michael Schumacher is not Max Verstappen’s uncle. However, Max’s father Jos Verstappen was a close friend of Schumacher’s and as such, when he was young, Max knew Michael Schumacher as “Uncle Michael,” rather than the World Champion Formula 1 driver.

40. How Much Is Michael Schumacher Worth?

Michael Schumacher is estimated to be worth of about $600 million. Schumacher was known as one of the biggest earners not only in Formula 1, but also in the world of sport. He was rumored to be one of the first athletes to make $1 billion in career earnings. 

41. How Famous Is Michael Schumacher?

Michael Schumacher is internationally known as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers ever, and one of the greatest athletes in history. The German was constantly in the headlines because of his success, putting him up alongside other famous names in sports such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

42. Does Michael Schumacher Have Any Tattoos?

Michael Schumacher does not appear to have any visible tattoos. There are many images of Schumacher with various tattoos, including one on his left arm, but they all appear to have been temporary. 

43. Is Michael Schumacher A Football Fan?

Michael Schumacher loves football and is a supporter of FC Köln who play in the German Bundesliga. The team is also known as FC Cologne, and originates close to Schumacher’s hometown, which is where Schumacher spent several years growing up as a youngster.

44. Does Michael Schumacher Have Any Children?

Michael Schumacher has 2 children. His son, Mick Schumacher, is the youngest, and is currently racing in Formula 1 with Haas, following in his father’s footsteps. Schumacher’s daughter Gina-Maria Schumacher is a professional horse rider who has been successful in several competitions.

45. How Much Is Michael Schumacher’s House Worth?

Michael Schumacher’s house in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is estimated to be worth around $7.6 million. Schumacher is also reported to own a ranch in Texas, and he potentially owns a property on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Final Thoughts

Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest F1 drivers ever, and also one of the most exciting drivers too. With 7 world titles and plenty of wins, podiums and pole positions, the well-decorated German is one of the most famous drivers to have raced in Formula 1.