MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Biography - Famous Sports men and women


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Name: Michael Schumacher                                                                                 
Born: 3 January 1969                                                                                     
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 former Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher.