Michael Schumacher: Career highlights

Highlights and talking points from the Formula One career of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who announced his retirement on Thursday:

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Last updated on Thursday, 04 October, 2012 21:55 IST
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Suzuka: Highlights and talking points from the Formula One career of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who announced his retirement on Thursday:

August 25, 1991 - Formula One debut for Jordan at the Belgian Grand Prix

August 30, 1992 - wins first Formula One race, driving for Benetton, at the Belgian Grand Prix

November 13, 1994 - clinches world championship in controversial fashion as he collides with title rival Damon Hill of Williams in the last race of the season in Adelaide

1995 - claims second world title with Benetton before moving to Ferrari

October 26, 1997 - disqualified from the championship after trying to ram Jacques Villeneuve off the road in the season's final race at Jerez

October 8, 2000 - seals Ferrari's first championship in 21 years with victory at Suzuka, Japan

2001 - wins nine races and 11 pole positions on way to his second straight title with Ferrari

2002 - makes it three championships in a row with 11 race wins and a podium spot in all 17 grands prix

2003 - claims a record sixth world title, breaking the mark set by Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio

2004 - takes fifth consecutive title with 13 victories in 18 races, the most of any Formula One season

September 10, 2006 - announces retirement at the age of 37

October 1, 2006 - claims 91st, and last, grand prix win in Shanghai

December 23, 2009 - announces return to Formula One with Mercedes, with the intention of reclaiming the world title within three years

2010 - finishes a disappointing ninth in the standings in comeback season

June 24, 2012 - places third in Valencia for first and only podium finish since returning to Formula One

October 4, 2012 - announces second retirement after being replaced at Mercedes by Lewis Hamilton

Story first published on: Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:51 IST

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