Michael Schumacher factfile

  • Last Updated: October 4 2012, 11:09 BST

We look at the career of Michael Schumacher after his decision to retire from Formula One for the second time.

  • Michael Schumacher quickly joined Benetton after his F1 debut for Jordan in 1991.
  • The German's first Grand Prix win came in Belgium in 1992. 
  • His first drivers' title came after a last-race clash with Damon Hill in 1994. 
  • He won Ferrari's first drivers' crown since 1979 in 2000. 
  • Schumacher claimed 13 wins in 2004 to take title number seven. 
  • The initial retirement came at the end of the 2006 season. 
  • Schumacher returned to F1 in 2010 but hasn't enjoyed as much success. 

1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.

1973: Makes his racing debut in a karting event.

1987: Wins German and European kart championships.

1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and is second in the European series in his first year of car racing.

1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.

1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.

1992: Takes first Grand Prix win in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.

1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill in Australia.

1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.

1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in the championship.

1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.

1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.

2000: Finally wins Ferrari's first drivers' title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.

2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories.

2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.

2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.

2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season, 13, to take title number seven.

2006: September 10 - Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.

2009: July 29 - Announces plans to make a shock return to F1 with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

August 11 - Forced to abort comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.

December 23 - Signs a three-year contract to drive for Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.

2010: Makes his return to F1 in Bahrain and finishes the season in ninth, with a highest finish of fourth.

2011: Betters his previous season with an eighth-placed finish and 96 points, with a fourth in Canada his best result.

2012: Returns to the podium for the first time since his retirement, finishing third in the European Grand Prix.

October 4: Announces he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

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