Schumacher made his Formula One debut with the Jordan-Ford team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, driving as a replacement for Bertrand Gachot, who was serving a prison sentence for an incident with a London cab driver.
After a ding-dong battle with Damon Hill during the 1994 season, Schumacher claimed his first world championship after a controversial final race in Adelaide. The German led the world title standings by a single point heading into the final race of the season and the drama was amplified when the two drivers collided midway through the race. Both were forced to retire and Schumacher won the world title, but many F1 insiders blamed the German for the incident.
Schumacher couldn’t immediately replicate his world-title winning form at Ferrari, with first Damon Hill and then Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Häkkinen (twice) claiming world championships between 1996 and 1999.
Between 2000 and 2004, Schumacher won more races and more world championships than any other driver in the history of the sport. He won 48 races in five seasons, including an amazing 12 out of the first 13 races in 2004, and took home the world title for five years in a row. It secured his place as one of sport's greatest ever athletes.