Imagine the fastest driver on the planet, the man the world associates with thrill and speed. The person whose very mention evokes awe-inspiring charm. The man with perhaps the best reflexes who is regarded as the best and most dominating racer who had driven on the F1 tracks.
He will forever remain an invalid now, at least as per reports from doctors. Yes, that means even though our beloved Michael has come out of coma, but forget being the good old Michael that we remember him to be, he won’t even be able to do anything by himself and will more or less be dependent on others for everything else. Currently, he is said to be communicating through gestures and kept his eyes open for most of the time while he was transported from the hospital back to his home.
Schumacher has been extremely dominating throughout his career, let’s take a look at his career time line to five you a glimpse of his superiority :
1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.
1973: Makes his racing debut in a kart race at the age of four
1987: Wins German and European kart championships.
1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and second in the European series in first year of car racing.
1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sports cars, driving for Mercedes.
1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.
1992: Takes first grand prix win in Belgium on his way to third in championship.
1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill.
1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.
1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in championship.
1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.
1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.
2000: Finally wins Ferrari’s first world title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.
2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories on the way.
2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.
2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five championships.
2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season to take title number seven.
2006: September 10 – Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.
2009: July 29 – Announces his plans to make a shock return to Formula One with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian has recovered from injuries suffered in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
August 11 – Decides against an F1 comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.
December 23 – Signs a three-year contract with Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.
2010: Aug 1 – Incurs a 10-place grid penalty for subsequent race in Belgium after coming within inches of running former Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello into a wall during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Overall, struggles in his return year, never qualifying any higher than fifth, whilst in races is no higher than fourth on three occasions. Finishes 70 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, and ninth in the standings.
2011: September 25 – Runs into the back of Sauber’s Sergio Perez, sending his car up in the air before crashing into a barrier, in the Singapore Grand Prix.
One fourth-placed finish is the highlight of another tough year in which he finishes eighth in the drivers’ championship, 13 points down on Rosberg.
2012: May 27 – Shows a glimpse of the old genius as he sets fastest time in qualifying, but denied pole due to him serving a five-place grid penalty for running into Williams’ Bruno Senna in previous race in Spain.
June 24 – Collects his one and only podium in three years and 58 races with Mercedes when he finishes third in European Grand Prix in Valencia.
September 23 – A repeat incident in Singapore, this time into the back of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, collecting a 10-place grid penalty for the following race in Japan.
September 28 – Mercedes confirm signing Lewis Hamilton on a three-year deal, so signalling the second ending of Schumacher’s F1 career.
November 25 – Schumacher bows out of F1 on the back of his worst season, finishing 13th with 49 points.
2013: December 29 – Management company confirms Schumacher is in a critical condition in hospital after a skiing accident in the French Alps.
This is the legend who defied all odds to wake up once again for his millions of fans who wanted him to race with F1 drivers once again. While that may surely not be possible, it is indeed a blessing of God that Michael Schumacher is out of coma.
Given the fighter the 7-time world champion is, we hope that his remaining years are a lot more than plain ‘invalid‘ and that he continues to inspire millions across the world.
Infieon Supermileage wishes Schumacher all the best for the future.
*source of timeline-The Mirror