Michael Schumacher remains the Blue Chip in five esteemed records amid a decade long retirement

Michael Schumacher remains the Blue Chip in five esteemed records amid a decade long retirement

The 2012 F1 season marked the end of the Michael Schumacher era, and yet this could not erase the fruits of his prolific talent on the grid, as today he is still hailed as one of the greatest to ever do it. What started off as a once off appearance for Schumacher would end up setting the path for his 91 grand prix wins and 68 pole positions in all the 18 years he has spent in the racing sport. 


Schumacher held the record for having 13 wins in a season, which would be claimed by Max Verstappen last season, where he bagged 15 wins. Regardless of Verstappen claiming this record, Schumacher remains the top drawer in that he had six races to spare, set in 2002, whilst the Red Bull driver only had four races to spare. 

The controversial Austrian Grand Prix would see Schumacher’s teammate Rubens Barrichello being ordered to give his fellow teammate the win after he passed him on the line, defeating him by 0.182s. This would ultimately crown the German the champion of the season.  Schumacher was able to play a 62-point average in the title race, which was solid for him to be the titleholder in three years. The race was the eleventh round in a seventeen-race season, and Michael Schumacher would go on to win the remaining six races, undisputedly. 


In the 2002 season, Schumacher was behind the wheels of a Ferrari, labeling his campaign as supreme, absolute, and cardinal. Although Schumacher only claimed seven pole positions in that season, the German was on the podium in every one of the season’s 17 races, recording 11 race wins and five runner-up results. His massive 144 points were even double what his compatriot Barrichello achieved. 


Either P1 or P2 from round three, Brazil, to round 17 in Japan, Schumacher held the longest-ever run of 1–2 results at 15. An extension of his top three runs to 19 in the season surfaced a streak that started at the 2001 United States Grand Prix. However, he wasn’t able to maintain the record until 2003 at the Australian Grand Prix. 


Upon securing his first grand prix in his first full season in F1, it was made clear to many that Schumacher was going to be the breakout superstar in the race series. But what he would go on to achieve was bizarre. 

Schumacher seized his first world title in 1994, defeating Damon Hill by a narrowly single point after the two collided at the season-ending Australian Grand Prix. It was his first, but definitely not the last, moment which would threaten to dampen his promising remarkable performance in the F1 race series, however, he was able to bury the hatchet and defeat his rival (Hill) the following season with a staggering 102 points to 69 points.

In the wake of 1995 to 1999, he was unable to strike the gold however in the year 2000, Schumacher was able to resurface as an outstanding performer where he would go on to come out on top in a hard-fought battle against Mika Häkkinen. His 2000 success would begin a five-year winning streak, with the German dominating the driver's standings to a total of seven titles.  Schumacher shares this record with Lewis Hamilton, who secured his seventh title in 2020. But while they share the record, Schumacher still reigns supreme with his five-year run with Ferrari, whilst Hamilton has managed a four-year streak.


Schumacher not only claimed his 15 grand prix wins out of the 18 full seasons, but he did so 15 years in a row. 

The German’s first race victory was in the 1992 season, where he beat Nigel Mansell by 36.5 seconds. Schumacher’s extraordinary talent would see him go on to win 90 more grand prix wins in his career.  He had his final win at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, which would place him in line for the World title, however he was beaten to the gold by Fernando Alonso. Although Schumacher made his return in 2010, signing with Mercedes, he was unable to add to his 91 grand prix wins that he recorded during his first 15 seasons in the sport. 



To cap his unmatched talent, in the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, not only did Schumacher win the race by a full lap, he was able to secure the hat-trick, pole position, the race win and the fastest lap of the race. The Ferrari legend was able to secure 22 hat-tricks, making him the record setter. As for the Grand Chelem, which includes pole position, the race win, the fastest lap of the race as well as leading every lap of the race, Schumacher was able to secure five of those. 

Schumacher achieved his first hat-trick and also maiden Grand Chelem at the 1994 Monaco Grand Prix, beating Mika Häkkinen to pole position by almost a full second. He was also able to set the fastest race lap time of 1.21.076, and won by 37s ahead of Martin Brundle. His last hat-trick came at the 2006 French Grand Prix, where he beat Felipe Massa in qualifying by 0.17s, clocked a 1.17.111 on lap 46 and won by 10s ahead of Alonso.