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Down memory lane: The best and worst of Michael Schumacher

Last updated on: November 27, 2012 09:37 IST

Showcasing Schumi's tactical brilliance

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Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher raced for the last time in Formula One at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing seventh before heading into his second retirement.

-Schumacher fans hail their departing hero

-Vettel emulates boyhood hero Schumacher

The following looks at some of the highlights and low points of the 43-year-old German's career since he made his debut with Jordan in 1991.

SIX OF THE BEST:

Belgium 1992

Schumacher's first race win, in the wet, and one in which he showed all his tactical brilliance. Overtaken by Benetton team mate Martin Brundle after sliding off, Schumacher noticed that the Briton's tyres were worn out. Reckoning that his must be as well, he pitted immediately for rain tyres. It was a masterstroke of timing that won him the race.


Image: Michael Schumacher
Photographs: Pascal Rondeau/Allsport/Getty Images

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Controversial win from 16th place on the grid

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Belgium 1995

A victory from 16th place on the starting grid in changing conditions and with the German staying out on slick tyres in the wet.

The outcome was tainted by controversy, with Schumacher given a suspended one-race ban for weaving on the straights to prevent Damon Hill overtaking.


Photographs: Tony Duffy/Getty Images

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Drove the 'greatest race' for Benetton

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Europe 1995

In his last race in Europe for Benetton, Schumacher reeled in Jean Alesi and overtook the Frenchman two laps from the finish to win in front of his home fans at the Nuerburgring in a race hailed as the greatest of his second championship year.


Photographs: Anton Want/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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Wins first race at Ferrari in Spain

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Spain 1996

Schumacher's first win for Ferrari, again in the rain, and he lapped the entire field bar the two men on the podium with him -- although he was 45 seconds clear of second-placed Alesi.

"If anyone had asked me how much I would bet on me winning here, I would have said not one penny," declared Schumacher.


Photographs: Anton Want/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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Followed Ross Brawn's instructions for Hungary win

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Hungary 1998

An inspired drive, coupled with a three-stop strategy at a circuit where overtaking was deemed almost impossible. Schumacher had to drive a series of sprints after technical director Ross Brawn asked him to make up 25 seconds in 19 laps.

Schumacher replied 'Thank You' and did just that.


Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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First title for Ferrari

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Japan 2000

The race that clinched Schumacher's first title for Ferrari, ending their 21-year wait for a drivers' crown.

Schumacher had trailed McLaren rival Mika Hakkinen for almost 40 laps before getting ahead with pitstop strategy on one of his most emotional afternoons.


Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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Schumi marred by allegations of cheating

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THE WORST:

Australia 1994

Schumacher faced furious accusations of cheating after an infamous collision with Briton Damon Hill in the title-deciding Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

The incident on the 31st of 81 laps knocked both drivers out of the race and Schumacher won the crown by one point.


Photographs: Stuart Milligan /Allsport/Getty Images

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Served a two-race ban for failing to serve a stop/go penalty

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Britain 1994

Schumacher was shown the black flag for failing to serve a stop/go penalty. He ignored it, claiming later not to have seen it.

The flag was withdrawn after Benetton explained the 'misunderstanding' and Schumacher served the penalty.

The German was later handed a two-race ban and the team fined $500,000 (311,895.70 pounds).


Photographs: Stuart Milligan /Allsport/Getty Images

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Schumacher: The collision king

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Europe 1997

Another collision, this time at Jerez, with Schumacher trying to ram Canadian Jacques Villeneuve off the track in the title decider.

This time it backfired, Villeneuve won the championship and Schumacher was excluded from the final classification.


Photographs: Mike Cooper/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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Ferrari ordered Barichello to slow down and alllow Schumi to win

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Austria 2002

A black day for Formula One, with worldwide outrage after Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello, who had dominated the entire weekend and led from start to finish, to slow and allow Schumacher to win. He did so at the last corner.

There was no need for it.

The German had won four of the five previous races and ended up taking the title by a record margin.


Photographs: Mike Cooper /Allsport/Getty Images

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Schumi's 'most dangerous move'

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Hungary 2010

Schumacher, defending 10th place against Barrichello, impeded the Brazilian with a risky move that squeezed the Williams against the wall on the pit straight at around 300kph.

The German lost the place anyway and was handed a 10-place penalty on the grid for his next race.

Barrichello said it was the most dangerous move he had experienced in his F1 career.


Photographs: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

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Deliberately blocking the track during qualifying

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A BIT OF BOTH:

Monaco 2006

Schumacher again revived accusations of cheating when he was sent to the back of the grid for deliberately blocking the track in the dying seconds of qualifying, preventing rivals from beating him to pole position.

He atoned for it during the race, storming through to finish fifth and with the fastest lap.


Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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