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    Michael Schumacher announced last month that he would retire from Formula-1 racing at the end of 2006 F-1 season. Michael Schumacher, also known as 'Schumi', is a seven-time Formula One world champion.

    Schumacher made his debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. He was quickly signed by Benetton-Ford for the next race, and immediately showed great potential. His maiden victory in the Belgian Grand Prix with Benetton Ford sealed his reputation. In 1992 he finished third ahead of the three-time world champion Ayrton Senna in the final standings. Schumacher won his first World Championship in 1994 while driving for Benetton, in an extremely controversial season marred by allegations of cheating and the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Schumacher stayed with Benetton during 1995. He successfully defended his title and became the youngest double world champion in F1 history.

    During these two championship seasons, Schumacher's dominance of Formula One was such that he won 17 out of the 31 races and finished on the podium 21 times. Only once did he qualify worse than fourth, which was at the 1995 Belgian Grand Prix, where he qualified 16th, but went on to win the race.

    In 1996, Schumacher signed a contract with Ferrari, which at the time was a highly risky move given Ferrari's championship drought (the Italian giants had not won a title since 1979). In his first year at Ferrari, Schumacher finished third in the Drivers' Championship, behind the two Williams drivers, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill. After several rebuilding years, Schumacher's efforts helped Ferrari win the Constructors title in 1999. However, his hopes for another Drivers' Championship were dashed at that year's British Grand Prix, where he broke his leg. In 2000 Schumacher won his third World Championship and more significantly, Ferrari's first since Jody Scheckter in 1979, after a hard-fought year-long battle with Mika Häkkinen. He took his fifth Drivers' title (equalling the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio). Ferrari won 15 out of 17 races and Schumacher wrapped up the title with six races remaining in the season. Schumacher finished every race on the podium. He broke Fangio's record by winning the Drivers' title for the sixth time in a closely contested season.

    The 2005 season was a struggle for Schumacher, as the Ferrari package was far from ideal, especially in the use of its Bridgestone tires, which had been dominant in past years but were now of inferior quality. Ferrari and Bridgestone attributed this to the 2005 rule changes, which required tires to last the distance of the whole race, a change some observers believe was targeted to end the domination of Ferrari and Schumacher.

    2006

    Schumacher started 2006 well, he equaled Ayrton Senna's record of 65 pole positions that had stood for 12 years after Senna's death.

    Immediately after beating Kimi Räikkönen to win the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, on September 10, 2006, Schumacher announced that he would retire at the end of the 2006 season, ending the career as the most statistically successful driver in history. His seat at Ferrari will be taken over by current McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen.

    Schumacher's rivals have often accused him of being excessively ruthless and unsportsmanlike on the track. These accusations have rarely been supported by the FIA, and some people just consider them little more than sour grapes in a sport that has become more and more competitive. In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, although Schumacher took pole position with Fernando Alonso 0.064 seconds behind him, the race stewards stripped Schumacher of all of his qualifying times after deciding he had deliberately stopped his car to disadvantage his competitors.

    Schumacher married Corinna Betsch in August 1995. They have two children together, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick, and he reside in Vufflens-le-Château, Switzerland, near Lake Geneva. Schumacher is very protective of his private life and takes every effort to keep his family out of the spotlight. According to EuroBusiness magazine, he is the world's first billionaire athlete, tens of millions of which he has donated to humanitarian causes.

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    i really miss u next year Schumacher

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    Default michael schumacher


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    NICE POST

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    Default the best there ever was n ever would be

    champion of champions bowd out in style @ interlagos

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    Default he is the best of the best of the best

    he is the real champ.
    i him for his contri in formula 1.he has raised the standard of ferrari team today.

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    Unhappy he is best there is best there was best there ever will be ........

    hi sufie this post is great i just love this that some is also caering tht schumie is retired................ we all going to miss him . whether u love him or hate him but B.U.T. u cant ignore him we all going to miss u schumie yes he is the gr8st driver the world of f1 will really going to miss there real brand ambasedor
    Last edited by shilpesh2002; 25-10-2006 at 12:14 AM.

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