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Schumacher at the 300th Grand Prix: the ninth anniversary

Schumacher for the 300th Grand Prix
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D he 300th Grand Prix in Michael Schumacher's incomparable formula 1 career is already the ninth anniversary. The time has come next Sunday in Monza. Those who drive long can also celebrate often. Sometimes Michael Schumacher is a little early with that. This also happened at the 100th, 150th, 200th, 250th and 300th Grand Prix start. Purists don't count the GP France 1996 because an engine failure on the formation lap stopped it before the race actually started.

The Schumacher jubilee races

The seven-time world champion admitted that he could no longer remember all 299 races. Not even all 91 wins. In contrast to Rubens Barrichello, who claims that he can tell something about each of his 323 GP appearances on cue. Perhaps the Brazilian just won too little in his career, so that every memory is too precious for him to forget.

We picked out the round numbers in Schumacher's GP almanac. It is quite possible that there will be one or two Grand Prix that Michael Schumacher can no longer remember. In our photo gallery we help him on the jumps.

1. Grand Prix: Belgian GP 1991, August 25th, Spa-Francorchamps, 7th starting position, retirement with clutch damage

Jordan is looking for a driver. Bertrand Gachot is in prison. Only six days before the Belgian GP is it clear that Schumacher is driving. Not until Eddie Jordan is guaranteed a check for £ 150,000. Schumacher does a few test laps in Silverstone, then he has to get out. Jordan doesn't want to risk the car. And the engine mustn't get too many kilometers. He's in the car illegally. Because only the Ford Benetton factory team has the right to the last expansion stage.

The newcomer sets an example in training. He set the eighth fastest time, but moved up one place because Riccardo Patre's time was canceled. Then Schumi has to go to the race management. He threatened Alain Prost with his fist. 'You don't do that with a world champion,' the youngster is taught. In the race, Schumacher only comes one kilometer. He doesn't know that Jordan is using an old clutch with an aluminum hub for cost reasons. It's tricky. Because he has to start from a standstill twice, once at the start and then after a traffic jam at La Source, the clutch breaks.

Although the JordanIf there is a potential winning car in Spa and teammate Andrea de Cesaris is fighting for the lead with Ayrton Senna, Schumacher would not have crossed the finish line without the bad luck at the start. Like de Cesaris, he would have suffered an engine failure. Here's how it happened: Ford hadn't told Jordan about the new specification. The pistons had one less oil control ring. So the engine needed more oil. The oil tank in Jordan 191 was too small for that.

25. Grand Prix: European GP 1993, April 11th, Donington Park, 3rd starting position, retirement due to accident

Donington is a unique GP venue. In 1993 the European GP takes place there. With winter temperatures, horizontal rain and a gruesome polar wind. Schumacher sits in the Benetton B193-Ford, Senna in the McLaren MP4-8. There is a dispute over the expansion stages of the Ford engines. Benetton insists on the last specification. And exclusively. Senna laments that this is unjust. The Brazilian is doubly incited. His second enemy is Prost, who stole the Williams cockpit from him.

All the hatred discharges at the start. Schumacher pushes Senna away. So the Williams drivers can take the lead on the damp track. Wendlinger and Andretti cling to it. Only then do Schumacher and Senna follow. The McLaren driver passes Schumacher in the third corner. After an incredible starting lap, he is leading. Schumacher is only sixth. It dries up and starts to rain again. Schumacher sees his chance there. While everyone else switched to rain tires, he fell by the wayside with slicks. In the 23rd lap, the tightrope went wrong. The Benetton driver spins off the track.

50. Grand Prix: GP Europe 1994, October 16, Jerez, 2nd starting place, 1st place, fastest race lap

Schumacher returns to the GP circus with renewed strength after two races. His World Cup opponent Damon Hill won the Monza and Estoril races in the absence of the Benetton driver. It's only 76:75 for Schumacher in the title fight. Jerez is the last race of the European season. Then only the overseas Grand Prix of Japan and Australia come. Hill beats Schumacher at the start and remains in the lead until the tire change on the 18th lap. Then Schumacher takes over the top. The German is clearly faster than his rival, who is only allowed to enjoy the lead for two more laps during the second refueling stop. At the finish, Schumacher has a 24-second lead. A slap in the face for Hill.

75. Grand Prix: GP Monaco 1996, May 19, Monte Carlo, 1st place on the grid, retirement due to accident

Schumacher's time at Ferrari begins with a thorny start. Two second places, a third place, two failures. Damon Hill dominates the season. The second Williams from newcomer Villeneuve is also usually out of reach. Then comes Monaco. Here Schumacher can address the deficits of the Ferrari F310transfer. He is starting from pole position. It rains on race day. A godsend. Schumacher believes. After two kilometers he made a stupid mistake. He slips understeer into the wall in front of the porter in the right-hand bend. From the dream of the first Ferrari victory. With Olivier Panis, an outsider wins.

100. Grand Prix: GP Japan 1997, October 12th, Suzuka, 2nd starting position, 1st place

It's about everything. Schumacher against Villeneuve. The water carriers Irvine and Frentzen lurk in the background. Villeneuve is on the FIA's black list because he repeatedly criticizes the association. When he does not slow down with yellow flags because of a parked vehicle, he receives a warning. And since this is the second yellow card for the same offense, he will be banned from the Japanese GP. Despite the pole position.

Williams appeals for Villeneuve and drives a ghost race against the Ferrari. The plan is clear. He wants to take points away from Schumacher if he isn't allowed to do any himself. The best thing to do is to rush him into a mistake so that the World Cup rival goes empty-handed. But Schumacher doesn't make any mistakes. He sends Irvine out. The two trick Villeneuve with every trick in the book. When the Ferrari tandem is in the lead, Schumacher takes command. And Irvine protects him from the rear. This means that the World Cup final in Jerez is 78:77 for Schumacher.

150. Grand Prix: Austrian GP 2001, May 13th, A1-Ring, 1st place on the grid, 2nd place

For two races, traction control and automatic start are allowed again. At the start, two cars promptly stop on the home straight. The safety car is deployed. Montoya and Ralf Schumacher pushed Michael into third place at the start. Soon the Ferrari driver will only have a Williams in front of his nose. Ralf Schumacher is out with braking problems. But Montoya is a tough nut to crack. When Schumacher tries to slow him down in the Remus curve, both of them turn off the track and fall far back into the field.

With that, Barrichello leads. But only until the pit stop round. McLaren handles Coulthard faster than Ferrari his man Barrichello. Schumacher is already third again. While Coulthard is sure to win, Ferrari is preparing to swap places shortly before the end. Barrichello has to let Schumacher pass in the last lap. A first wave of indignation spreads over Ferrari. It's just a year later when it comes to victory.

200. Grand Prix: GP Monaco 2004, May 23, Monte Carlo, 4th starting position, failure due to accident

Schumacher drove Formula 1 flat. Five races, five wins. Who should beat Schumi in Monaco? The first damper is in training. Michael Schumacher is only in fourth place. He gets one position for free because his brother Ralf has to go back ten starting positions because of an engine change. But youknows that the real strength of the Ferrari F2004 is the race. Because no car handles the tires better than the red rocket.

The fastest trulli in training takes the lead immediately. Behind him is team-mate Alonso. In the first round of pit stops, Schumacher wins two positions. He stops last. Trulli is still leading in front of Alonso, but now with the Ferrari behind his neck. When Alonso collides with Ralf Schumacher in the tunnel, Michael Schumacher moves up to second place. The safety car is deployed. Only Schumacher and Montoya play poker and fall by the wayside. The rest of the front line changed tires and had to line up at the back.

When the lights on the safety car went out, Schumacher prepared his Ferrari for the restart by zigzagging and braking hard. Even in the tunnel. Montoya is surprised, tries to move to the side and collides with the Ferrari, which then hits the wall. It comes out of the tunnel as a tricycle. In the box, Schumacher angrily fires his helmet against the rack. Montoya was already lapped.

250. Grand Prix: GP Bahrain 2010, March 14th, Sakhir, 7th place on the grid, 6th place

It's the big comeback. The master returns after a three year hiatus. No longer in a Ferrari, but in a Mercedes. The media interest is correspondingly great. After the first qualifying round in his second career, Schumacher is seventh. Three tenths behind team-mate Rosberg.

'I still feel a bit rusty,' says the old master, who celebrated his 41st birthday two months earlier. His Mercedes is not competitive. The race is pretty uneventful as a procession. Schumacher comes back from the starting lap in sixth place, and he is sixth, four seconds behind his stable rivals. Not bad for a comeback after such a long time.


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