The F1 Legend
Formula One Racing is one of the world’s most prestigious racing events. Internationally, it is an attraction because of fast cars and its drivers. One of the most famous drivers who ever graced the track was Michael Schumacher. In 2012, the Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher bid his goodbye to the world of Formula One racing.
In every sport, there will be an icon who will be looked up to. In the case of Formula One, Michael Schumacher is a Formula One legend who carried the same significance as Michael Jordan had in basketball. There are only few people who ever won so many driver championships as much as Michael Schumacher. His stint with Ferrari gave him the best record for winning so many championships despite the stiff competition. Let us take a look at how the dazzling Michael Schumacher wowed the crown in Formula One Racing.
It all started when he was contacted to replace the then Jordan-Ford driver Bertrand Gachot. Bertrand Gachot wasn’t allowed to race after a road rage incident where he ended up spraying a cab. This unfortunate event made Michael Schumacher the replacement driver for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot. One of the best things Schumacher did in the Belgian Grand Prix was to finish 7th in the qualifier. The manager of Gachot justified the replacement by stating that Michael Schumacher raced through the track before. In reality, it was Michael Schumacher’s first time to participate in the race track. This instantly catapulted Michael Schumacher as one of the best young Formula One drivers. This was the start of a Formula One legend.
The Glory Days
In 1994, there was a void that was felt by so many Formula One racing fans. It was due to the death of Ayrton Senna. Senna was the finest driver who died in an accident during one of his races. It was the end of an era and the start of Michael Schumacher era. Schumacher won the first world championship in 1994. It was followed again by next year. After five years, Michael Schumacher, again dominated the Formula One racing circuit from 2000 to 2004 with back to back championships. In 2007, Michael Schumacher took his first retirement. After 3 years, he returned to find himself competing against younger talents. The plan was to take the eight title home.
Michael Schumacher did what no other driver in Formula One history ever accomplished. Winning consecutive times in a very dominant manner, he was the biggest star that ever stepped in a Formula One racing car. With the slide in his career after so many dominant wins, it is enough to call it quits. His feat from 2000 to 2004 will only be replicated after 5 long years of dominant performance. This is something that will be hard to do for the future generations of Formula One drivers.
His rise to fame when Ayrton Senna passed away was a monumental passing of the torch. His stint with Ferrari is a match made in heaven. Looking in his past performances, there were instances when he is coming back from behind leading after a pit stop. These strategic perfomances and calculated driving made Michael Schumacher the Formula One legend that he is in the world of driving.