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Michael Schumacher

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Summary:
It was a sad day in the world of automotive racing when Michael
Schumacher announced his retirement from competition on September 10,
2006.

Born in Germany in 1969, Michael Schumacher is arguably the greatest
Formula One race car driver who ever lived. He has won the Formula One
world championship seven times, the most by any individual. He also holds
a number of other impressive Formula One records, including most number
of race victories, most number of pole positions, f...


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Michael Schumacher, F1 championship, automotive racing, sports


Article Body:
It was a sad day in the world of automotive racing when Michael
Schumacher announced his retirement from competition on September 10,
2006.

Born in Germany in 1969, Michael Schumacher is arguably the greatest
Formula One race car driver who ever lived. He has won the Formula One
world championship seven times, the most by any individual. He also holds
a number of other impressive Formula One records, including most number
of race victories, most number of pole positions, fastest laps ever and
most races won in one season.

His success on the racing track has also translated into a ton of wealth
for the German icon, who also happens to be the only native of Germany to
ever win the F1 championship. In terms of earnings, Eurobusiness magazine
estimates that Schumacher has won over a billion dollars in Formula One
competition, making him the world's first athlete to win over a billion
dollars. It speaks volumes of the man that he has donated tens of
millions of his winnings to various charities and humanitarian causes all
over the world.

Schumacher has also proven that his abilities have withstood the test of
time. Since 1992 when he won his first race, he has won at least one race
ever year up to 2006, which is an astounding achievement and speaks
volumes of his other-worldly abilities.

There are two things that long-time racing enthusiasts point to when they
assess Schumacher's dominance on the race track. There's his ability to
perform under pressure during the most crucial stretches of the race when
he tends to display his fastest laps. There's also his ability to
outperform everyone else during rainy conditions. This has earned him the
title Rain King, which is "Regenkonig" in German.
On the other hand, rivals accuse Schumacher of being overly ruthless on
the race track to the point of being unsportsmanlike, which has been a
source of some controversy, although it must be pointed out that most
fans believe this is just an overblown case of sour graping. Critics are
quick point to the 1997 championship where Schumacher was stripped of his
runner-up finish when judges said he deliberately drove into Jacques
Villeneuve, his main rival for the championship, in the season's last
race.

				
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