Team: Jordan & Benetton
Season Highlights: Schumacher makes his debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix for the Jordan 7up team and qualifies 7th. He is then poached by the Benetton-Ford team and scores points in the next three races.
Season Highlights: First Grand Prix victory at Spa in Belgium.
Season Highlights: Only one win, but nine podium finishes. Schumacher is looked to be Ayrton Senna’s toughest competitor when Senna’s main rival at the time, Alain Prost, announces his retirement.
Season Highlights: Schumacher’s first world championship is overshadowed by two events. Ayrton Senna dies in a first lap crash in the San Marino Grand Prix. The race also took the life of Roland Ratzenberger during qualifying, and Rubens Barrichello suffered a violent crash in practice. The other point of controversy is during the last race in Australia, where Schumacher’s crash with second-place Damon Hill secures the championship by knocking both cars out of the Grand Prix.
Season Highlights: Benetton switches from Ford to Renault engines and Schumacher cruises to his second world title amidst heated battles with Hill in Beligum and Italy.
Season Highlights: Schumacher moves to the Ferrari team for a reported $30 million per year and goes on to win 3 races in a car considered to be much slower than its competitors.
Rank: 2nd (excluded from championship)
Season Highlights: CART champion and second-drive F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve runs neck and neck with Schumacher up to the final race at Jerez. Schumacher, losing his lead to Villeneuve, runs into the Williams car which still manages to win the race. The FIA governing body decides Schumacher’s failed blocking move was “an instinctive reaction and, although deliberate, not made with malice of premeditation.” Schumacher’s 2nd-place finish and points total are erased from the record books, although he retains all 5 wins.
Season Highlights: 1998 is the year of McLaren, and Schumacher is the only driver to challenge Hakkinen and Coulthard but cannot prevent Mika from taking the championship.
Season Highlights: A crash at the British Grand Prix breaks Schumacher’s leg and ends his championship chances with a six-race layoff. He returns for the last two races and cedes victory in Malaysia to teammate Eddie Irvine. Irvine fails to win the championship but Ferrari takes its first constructor’s title since 1983.
Season Highlights: Schumacher clinches Ferrari’s first driver’s world championship since Jody Scheckter in 1979 at the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
Season Highlights: The 2001 season is all Ferrari, and at the Hungarian Grand Prix Schumacher clinches the driver’s title, constructor’s title, and matches Prost’s record of 51 Grand Prix wins. He also takes over the records for total career points and total points in a season.
Season Highlights: One of the most dominating seasons in the history of Formula 1, Ferrari win all but two races. Schumacher breaks the record for wins in a season and equals both of Juan Manuel Fangio’s records of 5 world championships and 3 consecutive championships.