The numbers say it all. Schumacher, so far, has won seven world titles, claimed pole position 68 times and been on the podium 153 times, including 90 victories and 43 second places.
He has won from pole more times than anyone else, a total of 40, and he enjoyed the longest reign as world champion at four years, 11 months and 17 days between October 8, 2000, and September 25, 2005, during which time he won an unprecedented 13 races in 2004, finished 24 successive races in the points with 19 consecutive podiums, never finishing outside the top three in 2002. He has won at least once in every one of the last 15 seasons, missing out only in his debut year, 1991, when he only competed in six races.
The long list of achievements comes alongside an equally long list of controversies, but the two do go hand in hand. More than anything, Schumacher brought the ethics of singular teamwork to Formula One, working the team to his advantage at both Benetton and Ferrari to re-write the record books. He changed the way racers think about racing. Here is what happened in some of his brightest moments...
The opportunity came courtesy of a brawl with a London cabbie. Eddie Jordan, a newcomer to Formula One, was left without one of his drivers when Bertrand Gachot was jailed for attacking a taxi driver with CS gas and the talent-spotting team boss took the opportunity to draft in 22-year-old Schumacher, then driving for the Mercedes sportscar squad.