According to the official F1 website, he is statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.'
Michael Schumacher in 2002 became the only driver in F1 history to finish in the top 3 in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes.
Michael Schumacher holds many driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and most races won in a single season -13 on 2004.
Michael Schumacher is regarded as on of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.
Michael Schumacher was born on January 3, 1969 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.
Schumacher's first grand prix was with Jordan in Belgium in 1991, as a stand-in for jailed Belgian driver Bertrand Gachot.
Despite completing only 500 meters in the race, Michael Schumacher made an immediate impression.
Michael Schumacher was snapped up by Benetton after that debut, a move that provoked a bitter legal tussle, and scored points in only his second appearance with fifth place in Italy.
Mexico provided the first podium of Schumacher's career in 1992, and his first win followed later that year in Belgium.
Yet he had to wait until Monaco in 1994 for his first pole position.
Michael Schumacher won his first of seven titles later that year, going on to triumph in 1995 (also with Benetton), and 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (with Ferrari).
Michael Schumacher retired at the end of the 2006 season.
Michael Schumacher's career was dogged by controversy as well as highlighted by brilliance, the German colliding with Briton Damon Hill to win the 1994 title and trying to ram Canadian Jacques Villeneuve off the track in the 1997 decider.
During the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session the German stopped his car toward the end of the circuit, partially blocking title rival Fernando Alonso, who was on a quick lap at the time
Schumacher was later demoted to the back of the grid for the race.
Schumacher is the only driver to win seven championships in Formula One and he owns many of the sport's records.
In 2002 he finished every race on the podium, winning the title with six races to spare - the fastest championship in Formula One.
In 2004, when Ferrari were dominant, he won a record 13 races in a single season and finished first in seven successive races, also a record for a single season.