Schumacher sets sights on yet another world record

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

The Circuit de Nevers-Magny-Cours could play host to Michael Schumacher’s record-breaking fifth FIA Formula One world championship victory this weekend, as long

Schumacher sets sights on yet another world record

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The Circuit de Nevers-Magny-Cours could play host to Michael Schumachera€™s record-breaking fifth FIA Formula One world championship victory this weekend, as long as the German wins he event with none of his closest rivals finishing on the podium. Should Schumacher secure his dream triumph, it would see him go down in the history books as the fastest winning champion, taking his victory just 64 per cent of the way into the 2002 season. Nigel Mansella€™s previous record is 68 per cent of the way into the year in 1992. Career profile Michael Schumacher is universally regarded as the most talented driver of his generation. He made his Grand Prix debut in 1991 with Jordan, driving one race before being snapped up by Benetton. In 1994 he won his first Drivera€™s Championship title with Benetton and successfully defended it the following year. In 1996 he joined Ferrari, finishing third overall despite ever-present aggravation from the car. A year later he was stripped of second place after an incident with Jacques Villeneuve in the last race of the season. In 1998 he battled against Mika Hakkinen for the drivers' title right up to the last race in Japan. In 1999 an accident at the British GP left him with a broken leg, and unable to compete in a race until the Malaysian GP. But the German returned from his recuperation only for the title to slip from Ferrari's grasp at the last race in Japan. The year 2000 was different. He won the first three races of the season, and continued to battle hard for his chance at a third championship crown. An emotional win in Italy, followed by two straight victories in the USA and Japan saw him crowned World Champion for the third time and the first with Ferrari. In 2001 he once again took the drivers' title for Ferrari, but this time it was in one of the most dominant seasons he had ever produced. The German won the first two races of the season and continued this winning streak at seven other Grands Prix, breaking just about every standing record in the process. This year Ferrari have produced the innovative F2002, and the German is on the verge of taking his fifth title to equal only Juan Manuel Fangio in the history books. (AP)

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