50 years ago, a star was born
The seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, and has been out of the spotlight since so little is known about his recovery. But in light of his 50th birthday his family shared they will be celebrating his ‘victories, his records and his jubilations’, and will launch an App to ‘review all together Michael’s successes.’
“The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments. We wish you a lot of fun with it.
“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we! That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fight Foundation –
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.
“At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy new year 2019.”
Schumacher’s career in numbers
7 a record seven world championships – two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and five in a row for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.
91 race wins, from 306 starts – he remains 18 clear of second-placed Lewis Hamilton on the all-time list.
68 pole positions, a record beaten by Hamilton in 2017.
15 consecutive seasons with a grand prix win, from 1992 to 2006. It is a record – three clear of Hamilton.
8 wins at the French Grand Prix, the most by any driver at a single race. His seven wins in Canada and San Marino are also unmatched by any other driver.
17 podium finishes in 17 races in the 2002 season.
43 age when he drove in his final grand prix, in Brazil in 2012. He originally retired in 2006 but returned three years later.