Schumacher through the years

At the age of 6 he participated in – and won! – his first club championship with a kart made by his father from recuperation components. “It was probably the most inexpensive kart I ever saw”. http://www.varissa.com
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In 1984, for the first time, Michael took part in the German Junior Championship. At the end of the season he already took this highly-coveted title before doing it again the following year! In this year 1985 his result in the CIK-FIA Juniors’ Cup held on the Le Mans circuit was a superb second place.

In 1984, for the first time, Michael took part in the German Junior Championship. At the end of the season he already took this highly-coveted title before doing it again the following year! In this year 1985 his result in the CIK-FIA Juniors’ Cup held on the Le Mans circuit was a superb second place.

Participating but also a mechanic, preparing his Kart. In parallel to his Formula One career Michael has never hidden his love for Karting. Regularly training at the wheel of a kart, he even dared, when at the top of his glory, to go and challenge the young kart specialists in 1996 at the Monaco Kart Cup, which he won, and in 2001, on “his” Kerpen track, at the final round of the World Formula Super A Championship.

Participating but also a mechanic, preparing his Kart. In parallel to his Formula One career Michael has never hidden his love for Karting. Regularly training at the wheel of a kart, he even dared, when at the top of his glory, to go and challenge the young kart specialists in 1996 at the Monaco Kart Cup, which he won, and in 2001, on “his” Kerpen track, at the final round of the World Formula Super A Championship.

Schumacher finished the 1991 season with four points out of six races. His best finish was fifth in his second race, the Italian Grand Prix, in which he finished ahead of his team-mate and three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet.

Schumacher finished the 1991 season with four points out of six races. His best finish was fifth in his second race, the Italian Grand Prix, in which he finished ahead of his team-mate and three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet.

He Also competed at Le Mans During That season, finishing 5th in a car shared with Karl Wendlinger and Fritz Kreutzpointner. In 1991 he competed in one race in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, finishing second.

He Also competed at Le Mans During That season, finishing 5th in a car shared with Karl Wendlinger and Fritz Kreutzpointner. In 1991 he competed in one race in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship, finishing second.

The week before the race, Schumacher impressed Jordan designer Gary Anderson and team manager Trevor Foster During a test drive at Silverstone. His manager Willi Weber assured Jordan Schumacher Knew That the challenging Spa track well, although in FACT HE snake only seen it as a spectator. During the race weekend, team-mate Andrea de Cesaris was Meant to show Schumacher the circuit but was held up with contract Negotiations.

The week before the race, Schumacher impressed Jordan designer Gary Anderson and team manager Trevor Foster During a test drive at Silverstone. His manager Willi Weber assured Jordan Schumacher Knew That the challenging Spa track well, although in FACT HE snake only seen it as a spectator. During the race weekend, team-mate Andrea de Cesaris was Meant to show Schumacher the circuit but was held up with contract Negotiations.

Regulations in Germany require a driver to be at Least 14 years old to Obtain a kart license. To get around this, Schumacher Obtained a license in Luxembourg at the age of 12. Now he was racing.

Regulations in Germany require a driver to be at Least 14 years old to Obtain a kart license. To get around this, Schumacher Obtained a license in Luxembourg at the age of 12. Now he was racing.

At the age of 6 he participated in – and won! – his first club championship with a kart made by his father from recuperation components. “It was probably the most inexpensive kart I ever saw”, he stated later. “It was powered by a 100cc engine and my father had built it from components thrown out by other members of the Kerpen club. As a matter of fact he had to cut the chassis because it was too long for me but it worked all the same.”

At the age of 6 he participated in – and won! – his first club championship with a kart made by his father from recuperation components. “It was probably the most inexpensive kart I ever saw”, he stated later. “It was powered by a 100cc engine and my father had built it from components thrown out by other members of the Kerpen club. As a matter of fact he had to cut the chassis because it was too long for me but it worked all the same.”

Shumi now in blue livery in Bennetton 1994. A tricky year with their new revolutionary car.

Shumi now in blue livery in Bennetton 1994. A tricky year with their new revolutionary car.

Ayrton Senna was convinced that Michael Schumacher and Benetton were running an illegal car in 1994.

Ayrton Senna was convinced that Michael Schumacher and Benetton were running an illegal car in 1994.


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He joined Eurocard dealer Adolf Neubert in 1985 and by 1987 he was the German and European kart champion, then he quit school and Began working as a mechanic. In 1988 he made his first step into single-seat car racing by Participating in the German Formula Ford and Formula König series, winning the latter.

He joined Eurocard dealer Adolf Neubert in 1985 and by 1987 he was the German and European kart champion, then he quit school and Began working as a mechanic. In 1988 he made his first step into single-seat car racing by Participating in the German Formula Ford and Formula König series, winning the latter.

Willi Webber and Michael Schumacher young

Willi Webber and Michael Schumacher young

In 1984, for the first time, Michael took part in the German Junior Championship. At the end of the season he already took this highly-coveted title before doing it again the following year! In this year 1985 his result in the CIK-FIA Juniors’ Cup held on the Le Mans circuit was a superb second place.

In 1984, for the first time, Michael took part in the German Junior Championship. At the end of the season he already took this highly-coveted title before doing it again the following year! In this year 1985 his result in the CIK-FIA Juniors’ Cup held on the Le Mans circuit was a superb second place.

Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, driving car number 32 as a replacement for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot. Schumacher, still a contracted Mercedes driver, was signed by Eddie Jordan after Mercedes paid Jordan $150,000 for his debut.

Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, driving car number 32 as a replacement for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot. Schumacher, still a contracted Mercedes driver, was signed by Eddie Jordan after Mercedes paid Jordan $150,000 for his debut.

Regulations in Germany require a driver to be at Least 14 years old to Obtain a kart license. To get around this, Schumacher Obtained a license in Luxembourg at the age of 12. Now he was racing.

Regulations in Germany require a driver to be at Least 14 years old to Obtain a kart license. To get around this, Schumacher Obtained a license in Luxembourg at the age of 12. Now he was racing.

Jean Alesi in a Jordan-Honda at the 2001 United States Grand Prix.

Jean Alesi, Jordan EJ11, 2001 US GP [1200x791]

Jean Alesi in a Jordan-Honda at the 2001 United States Grand Prix.

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