The man who accomplished winning a record seven Formula One (F1) world championships was Michael Schumacher who was born close to Cologne, Germany on January 3rd, 1969. His career as a Formula One driver lasted 16 years and began in the early 1990s. Schumacher’s many F1 achievements include records for most victories in the Grand Prix (91) and most pole positions (68); in starting a race, this is the most popular area in starting a race and this position is assigned to a driver with the quickest qualifying time of the race. He also achieved the largest career points (1,369); the driver of the F1 accumulates points judged on where he finishes in a race.
Growing up in Germany, Schumacher became a championship kart racer and began his debut as a Formula One driver in 1991; his first race that he won was accomplished the following year at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1992; Grand Prix races are known for being individual F1 events. Formula One has traditionally been located in Europe while has been associated as the richest sport in the world because one must pay a huge fee to participate in the race. Also, the level of racing is strictly for the elite as participants drive single seat and open-wheeled automobiles capable of acquiring speeds that would surpass 230 miles per hour. Large automakers are typically known for constructing these vehicles who in the racing world are known as constructors; some of these manufactures include Toyota, Porsche and Ferrari.
Presently, events for Formula One are located around the globe as drivers are on teams competing who have corporate sponsors. The Federation International de I ‘Automobile (FIA) governs Formula One Racing in which its inaugural world championship driver, Giuseppe Farina of Italy, was named in 1950; The FIA gave its first award to a championship constructor to the British auto manufacturer Vanwall in 1958.
Schumacher was the original German driver to win his first Formula One world championship to ever do so in 1994. He continued to acquire the title multiple times in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 and again in 2004. When Schumacher achieved in 2003 his sixth championship title, this allowed him to break the previous record held by Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio (1911-1955); the 1950s was when he acquired five world titles.
Looking back at how he was one of the most highest-paid drivers and most talented in the recent history of F1, did have to deal with controversy despite driving for the Ferrari racing team from 1996-2006 and before that from 1992 to 1995 for the Benetton racing team. Accusations surfaced on various occasions which included unsportsmanlike behavior, driving aggressively which resulted in crashing into his competitors as well as bending the rules. Schumacher would ultimately retire from F1 racing when he reached the age of 37 after driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2006.