In a stunning attack following Michael Schumacher's retirement announcement, reigning world champion Fernando Alonso - the man who finally broke the German's long reign as title holder - declared his rival "the most unsporting driver in the history of Formula One."
The Spaniard went on to claim that Schumacher has received the most sanctions ever during his racing career and then added: "That doesn't mean he hasn't been the best driver."
Having a seat fitting with Benetton on the eve of the 1991 Italian Grand Prix © LAT
Indeed, there is no doubt that controversial actions have always been a significant part of Schumacher's career, arguably because he is an unforgiving and uncompromising pursuer of success. So here are some of Schumacher's most memorable tough times and controversies....
Schumacher found himself embroiled in controversy a mere 11 days after his Formula One debut. After a stunning performance for Jordan in Belgium, he became the subject of an astonishing contract battle in which Benetton stole him away.