Michael’s early helmet colours
Michael’s later helmet colours
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|Date of Birth||3rd January 1969|
|Place of Birth||Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany|
|Wife||Corinna Schumacher (nee Betsch) since Tuesday 1st August 1995|
|Children||Gina-Maria, daughter (DOB 19/01/97) and son Mick (DOB 22/03/99)|
|Family||Rolf, Father, Elizabeth, Mother and Ralf, Brother (DOB 30/6/75)|
|Interests||Soccer, tennis, swimming, skiing|
Michael’s manager since 1989 has been Willi Weber. Schumacher was to receive a free drive in his WTS team for three years, Weber in return is reported to receive 20% of all income Michael earns from motor races. The initial agreement was to last 10 years, however it was later extended for a further several years.
Michael explains how his helmet’s paint scheme came about:
“From the area of the visor you see the traditional German black-red-gold. I chose the colours years ago with a friend of mine and I changed it only slightly, mostly to include sponsor decals. The blue circle with the white stars on the top was his idea. After joining Ferrari I added the prancing horse on the back. “
Since the European GP in 2000, Michael has raced with a modified helmet design. The blue circle on the top in now painted light red. The white Marlboro stripe around the top is also now red. The change was made to prevent confusion between himself and Barrichello, whose design was confusingly similar.
F1 Teams Driven for…
|1991||Jordan||1991 Andrea de Cesaris|
|1991-1995||Benetton||1991 Nelson Piquet
1992 Martin Brundle
1993 Riccardo Patrese
1994 Jos Verstappen/JJ Lehto/ Jonny Herbert
1995 Jonny Herbert
|1996-2006||Ferrari||1996-1999 Eddie Irvine
2000-2005 Rubens Barrichello
2006-2007 Felipe Massa
Schuey entered only one race for Jordan – which was his F1 debut at Spa Francorchamps in 1991. He qualified 7th but in the race the clutch burnt out and he didn’t make it off the grid. He was standing in for Bertrand Gachot, who had been jailed in London just before the GP for an assault with CS gas on a taxi driver!
Michael is Ferrari’s most successful driver ever, ahead of Niki Lauda.
Read more about F1’s greatest ever driver….
Learn more about Michael! The great biographies in the right panel provide more information than we ever could on mSchumacher.com!
The biography from Christopher Hilton on Michael was first published in July 2000, but the current third edition published in 2007 has been updated after he retired from Formula 1 racing, so is right up to date!
The author has penned the biographies of numerous other top drivers. Highly recommended reading.