Erik Kirschbaum

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Schumacher applauds Raikkonen's title

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher has congratulated Kimi Raikkonen for winning the world championship for Ferrari on Sunday with a stirring fight to the wire

Grapevine: Schumacher content to watch on TV

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher knows exactly what the pressure feels like before the deciding race of the season and is glad to be watching this year's gripping conclusion at home on television

Hamilton still smiling after awful weekend

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he had learned 10 times more in Sunday's nightmare European Grand Prix than in nine previous podiums

Analysis: climate change fears reach F1

Talking about climate change at a Formula One race might at first glance seem like praising celibacy in a brothel

Ralf stays positive despite dismal season

Ralf Schumacher tried to focus on the bright spots of an otherwise dismal Formula One season on Thursday before the European Grand Prix at home on Sunday

Germany applauds Schumacher finale

Even the most cynical sceptics of Michael Schumacher's ability had to be impressed with his daring dash through the field in the final Formula One race of his illustrious career, German newspapers said on Monday

German media cheer Schumacher's win

Michael Schumacher's rain-defying victory in Shanghai on Sunday left German newspapers struggling to find enough superlatives after the seven-time champion moved to the top of the standings for the first time in two years

Schumacher 'overjoyed' with home victory

Michael Schumacher hoisted the European Grand Prix trophy over his head and shouted in joy as if it were the first he had ever won

Schumacher wants help to catch Alonso

Just winning Sunday's European Grand Prix will not be enough for Michael Schumacher, he would like some help from other drivers to catch championship leader Fernando Alonso

Weber: Renault interested in Schumacher

Formula One champions Renault are interested in signing Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, his manager said on Thursday

Schumacher Concedes Title is Lost

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher conceded on Sunday that he had no hope of retaining his Formula One title for a sixth successive year

Heidfeld Tight-Lipped about Next Year

Nick Heidfeld is happy to talk about his Formula One team, his girlfriend, his mother, his new baby, his childhood and almost any other subject on earth

Grapevine: Fans: Schumacher Not Finished

The legions of Michael Schumacher fans who over-run the small village of Hockenheim with Ferrari flags and red shirts could be watching his final German Grand Prix as reigning champion on Sunday

Schumacher: I'm Not Quitting

Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher is having a great time racing despite not winning a Grand Prix this season

Schumacher's Hopes Continue to Fade

Michael Schumacher's already-distant chances of defending his World Championship faded further on Sunday when the Ferrari ace finished fifth in the European Grand Prix

Heidfeld Targets Maiden F1 Win

Germany's Nick Heidfeld is looking forward to becoming a Grand Prix winner this season after finishing runner-up for the second race in a row on Sunday

Heatwave Hits Cars and Crowd

Sweltering record temperatures up to 34 degrees Celsius, causing spectators to faint and tyres to blister, have added more uncertainty to the outcome of Sunday's European Grand Prix in the Eifel mountains

Analysis: Heidfeld Outshines Schumacher

It is easy to overlook Nick Heidfeld, not least because he is one of the shortest drivers in Formula One at just 1.65 metres tall

Grapevine: Schumacher Fans Still Loyal

Michael Schumacher's German fans are staying loyal to their hero even though the seven times World Champion is struggling to score points

GPDA has Saved Lives, Says Schumacher

The Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) has greatly improved the safety of Formula One and saved lives, seven-times champion Michael Schumacher said on Tuesday.

Ralf: I Can't Remember the Crash

Ralf Schumacher has no memory of the heavy crash during Sunday's US Grand Prix that landed him in hospital with severe concussion and back bruises.

Sato Laughs Off Barrichello's 'Amateur' Charge

Japan's Takuma Sato laughed off accusations of "amateur" driving from Rubens Barrichello after the pair collided at the European Grand Prix on Sunday.

Grapevine: Fans Baulk at High Costs of F1 Weekend

Marianna Trosz's jaw dropped. She rubbed her eyes and looked at the price again. She swallowed hard and reluctantly slid her last 200 euros under the glass window for a ticket for Sunday's European Grand Prix.

Sato Aiming for Podium after Historic Qualifying

Takuma Sato made motor racing history on Saturday as the first Japanese Formula One driver to qualify on the front row of a Grand Prix grid.

Alonso Renews Call for Ralf to be Banned

Renault's Fernando Alonso has refused to retract a call for Ralf Schumacher to be handed a Formula One ban.

Schumacher Not Worried about Making F1 Boring

Michael Schumacher, completely unconcerned that his winning streak is making Formula One boring, says he has never enjoyed driving so much.

Grapevine: Interview: Schumacher Craves Anonymity

Grown men squeal, teenagers flap their autograph books and even grey-haired grandmothers jostle for a better view whenever Michael Schumacher is spotted by his German fans.

Grapevine: Schumachers Under Fire for Tax Avoidance

Michael and Ralf Schumacher, along with other German sports idols who moved abroad to escape the country's high tax rates, were long immune to criticism because their contribution to Germany's renown around the world was seen as outweighing the fiscal loss.

Grapevine: Schumi-Mania Breathes Life into Hometown

Michael Schumacher packed his bags and left his grimy, working-class hometown for glamorous tax exile 10 years ago but that has not stopped Kerpen from turning itself into a shrine to the German champion.

Grapevine: Fans Prepare to Celebrate in Kerpen

Thousands of Michael Schumacher fans crowded into the German driver's home town on Saturday to watch kart races in the streets and take part in warm-up celebrations for Sunday's Formula One finale.

Grapevine: Celebrations in Kerpen and Maranello

Michael Schumacher's home fans, up before dawn to watch the Japanese Grand Prix on big screens, yelled and cheered in delight after the German driver won a record-breaking sixth world championship on Sunday.

Theissen Not Ruling Out Ralf of Title Battle

Juan Pablo Montoya came out on top of both Schumacher brothers in his German Grand Prix victory on Sunday, but BMW boss Mario Theissen is refusing to rule Montoya's teammate out of the Championship battle.

Schumacher Wary of Williams Threat

Michael Schumacher said today he was worried about the threat from Williams after Juan Pablo Montoya drove away from his Ferrari and the rest of the field at the German Grand Prix.

Wilson Still Thrilled Despite Poor Qualifying

Justin Wilson may have just qualified 16th for the German Grand Prix, but he was all smiles as he continued to savour outdoing World Champion Michael Schumacher in Friday's opening qualifying session.

Schumacher Slump Extended to Home Circuit

Michael Schumacher tried to put a brave face on it, but his latest sub-par performance in Saturday's qualifying at the German Grand Prix seemed to confirm the defending champion's new vulnerability.

Hockenheim Tighten Security after Track Incursions

Security has been tightened for Sunday's German Grand Prix to prevent spectators from slipping onto the Hockenheim circuit - as happened there in 2000 and at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Feature: Ralf Turning Up the Heat

Michael Schumacher paused, carefully considering a question that would have been unthinkable last year.

Nurburgring Sees Sharp Attendence Decline

The goose that has been laying golden eggs from Formula One in Germany is not in good health any more.

Grapevine: Schumacher Benefits from Helping Hands

Four unsung heroes helped Michael Schumacher extend his World Championship lead today, sprinting across a gravel trap to give the stranded German a push.

Villeneuve's Bleak Season Grows Darker

Jacques Villeneuve's bleak season grew even gloomier today at the circuit where he recorded his first and last wins.

Grapevine: Schumacher Fans Dominate Rival Supporters

It's called the European Grand Prix even though it's a race held in a German forest before mostly German fans eating German sausage and drinking German beer.

New 'Schumi Chicane' Raises Ire at Nurburgring

A new Z-shaped chicane built into the Nurburgring's at the request of Michael Schumacher has applied a brake on speeds, but it sparked a lot of driver criticism at Friday's qualifying session.

Schumacher Told to Hold Position, Says Todt

Michael Schumacher was told not to overtake teammate Rubens Barrichello at Sunday's European Formula One Grand Prix, Ferrari boss Jean Todt said.

Fans Say Punish Ferrari, Not Schumacher, for Austria

Michael Schumacher's controversial Austrian Grand Prix win last month was a flagrant violation of the spirit of Formula One and Ferrari should be punished, fans said on Sunday.

Montoya Hopes Luck Will Change at Nurburgring

Juan Pablo Montoya revels in overtaking Michael Schumacher but on Sunday he hopes he will not need to pass the German to win for the first time this season.

Grapevine: German Fans Still Loyal to Schumacher

They felt robbed, duped and cheated when their hero Michael Schumacher was handed a hollow victory at last month's Austrian Grand Prix.

McLaren are Improving, Says Haug

McLaren are on the way back towards the top of the Formula One pecking order, after a difficult first half of the season, thanks to improvements on the engine, the head of Mercedes motor sports said on Friday.

Zanardi Leaves Hospital after Horror Crash

Italian Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a high-speed crash at a CART race in Germany, has left hospital and says he hopes to race again some day.