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A profile of Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher
Schumacher is making a remarkable comeback at the age of 41 for Mercedes


"I admire Michael Schumacher enormously for taking on the challenge. Fitness should be a decreasing issue if he returns and his raw speed will still be very much in evidence.

"I don't think he'll struggle at all with the latest high-tech F1 steering wheel full of buttons and dials; it was always his forte to use the available technology lap by lap.

Previous teams: Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari
Nationality: German
Born: 03/01/1969, Hürth-Hermülheim
Grand Prix debut: Belgium, 1991
World championships: 7 (1994, '95, 2000, '01, 02, '03, '04)

"But he may struggle with racecraft, this is an area which definitely gets rusty in my experience.

"Schumacher clearly has little to prove but the expectations will nonetheless be very high as he returns at the age of 41.

"In his early F1 career his intense rivalry with Ayrton Senna was tragically cut short by the Brazilian's death in 1994.

"There was no overlap at all with the emerging Lewis Hamilton, a man who some believe precipitated Schumacher's departure, although I don't agree with that. Now, remarkably, we'll get to see them wheel to wheel.

"Schumacher already dominates the record books with most wins at 91 (which is one less than the combined tally of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna), most pole positions with 68, most fastest laps totalling 76 (which is the same as Prost and Kimi Raikkonen combined), most championship points at 1369, and a record seven world championships (two for Benetton and five consecutive for Ferrari from 2000-2004).

"Schumacher's magnificent career has always been overshadowed by his overly aggressive and sometimes totally unacceptable manoeuvres. I even experienced some of that as his team-mate in 1992. Will time have mellowed him? We'll find out."

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