In pics: Michael Schumacher's Formula One journey

Sports | | December 24, 2012, 3:24 am
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Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher won the first Drivers' Championship in 1994. (Getty Images)

Schumacher won the first Drivers' Championship in 1994. (Getty Images)

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In 1996, Schumacher joined Ferrari, a team which had last won the Drivers' Championship in 1979 and the Constructors' Championship in 1983. (Getty Images)

In 1996, Schumacher joined Ferrari, a team which had last won the Drivers' Championship in 1979 and the Constructors' Championship in 1983. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher finished third in the drivers' championship in 1996 and helped Ferrari to second place in the Constructors' Championship. (Getty Images)

Schumacher finished third in the drivers' championship in 1996 and helped Ferrari to second place in the Constructors' Championship. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher's efforts helped Ferrari win the Constructors title in 1999. (Getty Images)

Schumacher's efforts helped Ferrari win the Constructors title in 1999. (Getty Images)

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The 43-year-old German won his third World Championship in 2000. (Getty Images)

The 43-year-old German won his third World Championship in 2000. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher holds many of F1's driver records, including most championships, race wins, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season - 13 in 2004. (Getty Images)

Schumacher holds many of F1's driver records, including most championships, race wins, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season - 13 in 2004. (Getty Images)

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In 2002 he became the only driver in F1 history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. (Getty Images)

In 2002 he became the only driver in F1 history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000 to 2004. (Getty Images)

Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won another five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000 to 2004. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher retired from F1 driving in 2006 staying with Ferrari as an advisor. The German had won five titles in a row for Ferrari. (Getty Images)

Schumacher retired from F1 driving in 2006 staying with Ferrari as an advisor. The German had won five titles in a row for Ferrari. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher agreed to return for Ferrari part-way through 2009, as cover for the badly injured Felipe Massa, but he later signed a three-year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010. (Getty Images)

Schumacher agreed to return for Ferrari part-way through 2009, as cover for the badly injured Felipe Massa, but he later signed a three-year contract to drive for the new Mercedes GP team starting in 2010. (Getty Images)

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Michael and his younger brother Ralf are the only brothers to win races in F1. They also the first brothers to finish first and second in the same race, in Montreal in 2001. (Getty Images)

Michael and his younger brother Ralf are the only brothers to win races in F1. They also the first brothers to finish first and second in the same race, in Montreal in 2001. (Getty Images)

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The Schumacher brothers repeated this achievement in four more races (the 2001 French GP, the 2002 Brazilian GP, the 2003 Canadian GP and the 2004 Japanese GP). (Getty Images)

The Schumacher brothers repeated this achievement in four more races (the 2001 French GP, the 2002 Brazilian GP, the 2003 Canadian GP and the 2004 Japanese GP). (Getty Images)

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Schumacher retired for the second time after finishing seventh in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix 2012. He didn't have a good comeback as he had only one podium finish and no wins with Mercedes in three years. (Getty Images)

Schumacher retired for the second time after finishing seventh in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix 2012. He didn't have a good comeback as he had only one podium finish and no wins with Mercedes in three years. (Getty Images)

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Schumacher's career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez. (Getty Images)

Schumacher's career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez. (Getty Images)

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Off the track, the F1 legend is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. (Getty Images)

Off the track, the F1 legend is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. (Getty Images)