Michael Schumacher was born on January 3, 1969 in Hurth, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. His parents are Rolf Schumacher, a brick layer, and his wife Elisabeth. Schumacher’s racing career began very early. Beginning in in kart races, Schumacher won his first club championship at age six. Schumacher’s parents had to obtain extra jobs to support the young child’s racing. Rolf Schumacher took a second job renting and repairing karts, while Elisabeth worked at the race track’s canteen. Regulations in Germany required Schumachher to be 14 to obtain a kart license. To move around this law, Schumacher received his license in Luxembourg at the age of twelve.
Shumacher obtained his German license in 1983 and began his successful winning streak. Shumacher won several German and European kart championship from 1984 on. Schumacher’s school career officially ended when he left in 1987. He had joined an Eurokart dealer named Adolf Neubert, working as a mechanic. By 1988, Schumacher made his first gain towards single seat racing by participating in the German Formula Ford and Formaul Konig series. He won the latter competition and thus began his long and successful career.
Today, Schumacher is a Formula One race driver. He currently drives for Mercedes GP. Schumacher is a seven time World Champion. Schumacher also holds many records. He has the most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored, and most races won in a single season. In 2002 Schumacher became the only Formula One driver in history to finish top three in every race of a season.
The Formula One website sates that Schumacher is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.” Multiple news sources have listed Schumacher as one of the highest paid athletes of all time. In 2004 his salary was reported to be around $80 million.
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