How Michael Schumacher changed F1 forever
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How Michael Schumacher changed F1 forever

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Michael Schumacher broke the mould in terms of what it meant to be a Formula 1 driver. He introduced unprecedented levels of fitness, an attention to detail that was unsurpassed and, above all, an indomitable win-at-all-costs competitive spirit. And while, sadly, he's no longer fighting at the wheel, nor even able to discuss his achievements, his legacy lives on in a whole new generation of thoroughly modern racing drivers, says JAMES ROBERTS

The way a driver had to apply themselves to racing in Formula 1 had changed forever - and they knew it. The podium at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix heralded the revolution.

Nigel Mansell, then 39, and his Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese, 38, looked weary. Standing between them was a sprightly, ebullient Michael Schumacher, 15 years their junior, who had just taken his first grand prix victory to establish himself as the new heir to the Formula 1 throne.

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