How Schumacher became the master of F1’s Ardennes wonder
Michael Schumacher and Spa-Francorchamps: truly a meeting of greats. Schuey exploded onto the grand prix scene at Spa, one of Formula 1’s pre-eminent driver’s circuits. Little surprise that he should excel there in future years, too, winning the Belgian Grand Prix no fewer than six times. DAMIEN SMITH details every epic victory
They’re all worth the same in points, but some grands prix victories carry more intrinsic value than others for F1’s most celebrated drivers. There are certain tracks where wins have a greater meaning: Monaco, Silverstone, Monza, Suzuka – and Spa-Francorchamps.
Somehow it always seems fitting and right when the current elite shine at the tough ones, the places where Fangio, Moss, Clark, Stewart, Prost and Senna strode before them. In such context, Michael Schumacher and Spa made sense like that. It was almost as if he was made to race at the swooping track through Belgium’s Ardennes. It’s where everything all started for him in 1991, parachuted as he was into a pretty little car that had enough about it to let him show what he was made of.
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