Michael Schumacher’s Last F1 Race

Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula One driver in history, is retiring and will run his last F1 race today at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. Michael is certainly one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. The F1 record book reads like it is his biography. As of the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, Schumacher holds the following F1 records:

  • Most championship titles: 7
  • Most consecutive championship titles: 5
  • Most race wins: 91
  • Most consecutive race wins: 7 (in 2004 – European GP, Canadian GP, United States GP, French GP, British GP, German GP, Hungarian GP) This record is shared with Ascari, who won the last 6 races of 1952 and the first one of 1953.
  • Most race wins with one team: 72 with Ferrari
  • Most race wins at the same GP: 8 at the French Grand Prix (Magny-Cours)
  • Most different GPs (by country) won: 20
  • Most time between first and last race wins: 14 years, 1 month and 2 days
  • Most second place finishes: 43
  • Most podium finishes: 154
  • Most consecutive podium finishes: 19 (from the 2001 United States Grand Prix, until the 2002 Japanese Grand Prix)
  • Most points finishes: 189
  • Most laps leading: 4741 (with a total of 22,155 km in 131 Grands Prix) [26]
  • Most pole positions: 68
  • Most starts from first row: 108
  • Most fastest laps: 75
  • Most doubles (pole position and race win): 40
  • Most hat-trick (pole position, race win and fastest lap): 22
  • Most championship points: 1,364
  • Most consecutive race finished without retirement: 24 (from the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix, until the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix)
  • Only racing driver ever, in any racing class, to win 5 times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Only racing driver ever, in any racing class, to win 5 times at Autodromo Nazionale Monza
  • Most race wins in a season: 13 (out of 18 races)
  • Most fastest laps in a season: 10 (out of 18 races; tied by Räikkönen in 2005)
  • Most championship points in a season: 148 (out of a maximum of 180)
  • Most podium finishes in a season: 17 (out of 17 races)
  • Youngest double World Champion: 26 years, 9 months and 19 days

He has had some controversies but there is no denying the man’s talent. I will be watching, and I hope that he wins this last event.

Update: Well, it’s done. Michael did not win but he drove brilliantly and finished the year second in the drivers standings. A cut rear tire early on had him in 18th position and he seemed to fight with intermittent electrical or mechanical trouble in the car, but finished 4th. He added to his record list in the process, setting at least one more fastest lap of the race. I will miss watching him perform. Excellence is all to rare in the world, and a joy to behold.
Farewell Michael.

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