Formula 1

Automovilismo. Competiciones # Races. Grand Prix. History. Evolution. World Championship. Fangio. Ayrton Senna. Michael Schumacher

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The Begining of F1

The first event was planned like a short trial in Paris, it was organized by “La Velocipe” in 1887. In this “race” only taken part one competition so it didn´t celebrate.

But the fist true organized event was a Reliability Trial from Paris to Rouen in 1894. This races length was 126Km. It was organized by a newspaper, le Petite Journal. The winner was Dion driving a tractor made by himself. The jury descalified because it wasn´t a car. The winner average speed was 17Km/h.

In 1895 was celebrate a true race, from Paris to Bordeaux and back, it was won by Emile Levassor. He drove a Panhard-Levarssor with engine with 2 cilindre and 4hp. The first clasified drove for 48 hours and 48 minutes. But he was descalified because the car only had two seats of the required 4. An interesting apearance in this race was the peugeot of Andre Michelin wich used pneumatice tires instead of the usual iron or solid rubber.

The following years were exilarating fight for increase the speed. In 1901 the car races would changed with the introduction of the 35hp mercedes. It was the first racing-car. This car had used a four cilindre engine with valvues, radiator, steel chassis and pneumatic tires. After solve some problems because of the increase of the power, this car become a race winner.

Nation shall race against Nation

In 1900 Gordon Bennett established a series of races bearig his name. Each nation had a team of three cars. In 1906 the first event who manufactures over 64-mule course near was Le Mans. The winner was Ferenc Szisz driving a 90hp Renault. Another important race were Targa Florio. Covered three laps of 148.832km over mountain roads. The defining race of the pre-WW1 era was the ACF Grand Prix of 1914. The race was 36.63kmnear lyons and 20 laps. The formula this year restricted engine capacity to 4500cc and 1100kg. After this Peugeot entered three cars and Mercedes five.

The rise of purpose built racing circuits

Racing on public roads was ilegal in England and British drivers had to resort to racing in ireland. In response to this problem a group of enthusiast led by Hugh F. Locke-King planned a race track to be built in his property.

The 20th decade, saw the built of close circuits throught Europe. In 1922 Italian Grand Prix held at one of these tracks, the Autodromo Monza. It was a 3.4 mile road course and 2.8 mile banked oval. In inaguration was 100000 spectators. The French Grand Prix held later.

Formula Libre

Grand Prix racing in accordance with a strict formula based on engine size and weight was abandonesd in 1928, in it places races were run under Formula Libre rules

In 1930 Alfa Romeo decided to enlist a new company to direct all of their racing efforts. This company was called Scuderia Ferrari. This company decided to celebrate a especial race to promote and improve italian car desing. This race was called, Mille Miglia and consist in a track throught Itali with all kind of roads. Traditionally the first cars, the amateurs, would leave Brescia at 9p.m. at 1-minute intervals and return 16-24 hours later. Hundreds of thousand of spectators would line the road to cheer their heroes on. This race was abandoned after the 1957 race which saw the death of Marquis de Portago, his codriver and ten spectator.

The World Championship

In 1950 a world Championship was introduced. Would decided of seven races: the British, Swiss, Monaco, Belgium, French and italian Grand prix and the Indianapolis 500. Alfa Romeo returned wich Giuseppe Farina, Luigi Fagioli and Juan-Manuel Fangio.Giusepe and Fagioli main opposition cme from ferrari, but Maranello´s cars lacked championship between three drivers. Monza would crown the first World Champion.

Three Decades of F1

Has the F-1 always been this way? . Every time they were stronger the voices that speak of boring careers, show lacks and not very brilliant. The scarce variety of pilots and marks that really combat for the victory and some rules that favor the fights in anything "body to body", they can be some of the causes of this mediocre show, when saying of many. It is for that reason that we will have try here to analyze by means of the numbers and using like sample the difference in points among the first and the room classified at the end of the last 29 championships.

Decade of those '70

The decade of those '70, that saw the authentic evolution of the F-1 were. It was in her where the patrons were given to know; (1968 GP of Spain) and they took importance inside the F-1 This decade was very concerned.

Decade of the 80

The decade of those '80 were a period full with changes in the F-1. The cars you begin to make of carbon. The potent motors died I upset, and the birth of: Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. Also to mention the deaths of Gilles Villeneuve, Riccardo Paletti and Elio of Angelis, as well as the terrible accident that it moved from the automobile competition to Didier Pironi.

Decade of those '90

The escuderías number and winning pilots have decreased. Schumacher, Hakkinen, Villeneuve or Hill would be the best in the circuit. Although the means of information tried to make it but amusing the lack of pilots would be noticed. Every time he go to less. They are necessary but pilots.

Technical evolution of the F1

Situation 1989

October 3 1986 were emanated the new regulations that were in vigor up to December 31 1991. But starting from 1989 the participation of vehicles was not allowed with motors I upset. This way the monoplazas was only admitted with motor aspired with a cylinder capacity limit fixed in 3500 cc.

The admitted vehicles were described as competition monoplazas with discovered wheels, motors of pistons at four times; not admitted more than four wheels by vehicle, integral traction, motors Wankel, of turbine, diesel or of two times.

Motors: Accepted motors aspired with maximum cylinder capacity of 3500 cc. and 12 cylinders like maximum. Forbidden those overfed, the oval pistons, the injection of water and the intercambiadores of heat for liquid.

Weight: Minimum with water and oil of 500 Kg.

Foreseen equipment: Cell of survival (chassis according to specifications of it TRUSTS it); device lifeboat (compressed bottle of air with feeding safe against fire, directed to the pilot's helmet); extinguishers of 5Kg. for the habitáculo and of 2,5 Kg. for the group motor-change; two arches of security; primary switch on the electric circuit; it goes behind; outburst motor with energy stops two at least pulled up; deposit of auxiliary oil of 3l. minimum.

Special prescriptions: bottom of the plane vehicle (area understood between the later part of the previous wheels and the part previous of the later ones). Forbidden the faldillas and other appendixes placed between the body of the vehicle and the floor.

Dimensions of the chassis and of the chassis: maximum width of the body of the vehicle among the previous and later axis of 140cm. Voladizo previous maximum of 120 cm.; voladizo later maximum of 80 cm.; maximum width of the wheels of 457 mm.; maximum diameter of the later wheels of 660 mm.; total maximum width of 2150 mm.

Dimensions of the aerodynamic appendixes: Total width of the spolier previous of 1500 mm.; maximum width of the back aileron: 1000 mm.

Admitted fuel: maximum number of octanes of 102 RUM, with a maximum of 2 oxygen% and 1 nitrogen%; the admitted quantity of fuel is free and forbidden the repostajes in career.

Deposits: of security according to special FIA/FT3.

From 1989

The championship of the world of F-1 has been reserved only to vehicles without sobrealimentación of a maximum cylinder capacity of 3500cc., a minimum weight of 500 Kg., a capacity of the deposit of free fuel and a maximum number of 12 cylinders.

From the 1-1-91

Reduction of the dimension of the previous aileron and of the voladizo of the later one. The fuel should lodge obligatorily to the pilot's backs. I weigh minimum of 505 Kg.

From 1993

Reduction of the maximum width of the tires, of the width of the roads, of the height of the back aileron and of the profiles of the previous aileron.

Deposit of fuel with a minimum of 200 liters, being authorized the repostaje in career. Prohibition of the use of active suspensions that modifies the aerodynamic reglaje of the monoplaza. Also prohibited the control-traction.

From 1994

Prohibition of all the electronic systems, the four rotate guidelines, the bidirectional telemetría, the ABS, the servofreno, the systems electric tendentes to control the traction loss, electronic accelerator. The semi-automatic change should have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 marches. Forbidden the system CTV. The repostajes inclination of built mechanisms will be readmitted for the Federation by the company "Itertechnique."

Forbidden after May 1 1994 the elements of control of flow around the previous wheels, this area should be free in a space of 35 cm before and 80 cm. behind the axis of the wheel. The later extractors should conclude to the height of the axis of the back wheels. From the GP of Canada 1994 the previous suspensions should be built so that it is impossible their rebound toward the habitáculo in the event of incident. The surface and the thickness of the support-heads you increases.

The air inside the dynamic taking of admission should not overcome the atmospheric pressure. The use of commercial gasoline is imposed. The minimum weight of the monoplazas rises in 10 Kg. and a limit of 80 Km/h is designated to circulate in the pit-lane.

From the GP of France he/she comes instituted new and more severe crash controls for the chassis.

From the GP of Germany an inferior step is introduced formed by an axis in woody material that measured and weighed before and after each GP, it should not present a consumption neither in weight neither in thickness bigger than 10%, I lower disqualification pain. The later aileron is limited and it is forbidden to place ailerons for before the later axis. Holes settle down in the dynamic taking of admission 1,5 times superiors to the entrance hole.

Starting from the GP of Japan 10 skates are introduced in titanium of 20 cm2 placed in the bottom of the axis in woody material in order to avoiding an excessive consumption of the own axis. They are also prohibited the changes with automatic reduction of marches.

From 1995

A maximum cylinder capacity of 3000 cc settles down. with motors of 12 cylinders like maximum. The capacity of the deposit of fuel is free. The minimum weight with pilot on board is placed in 595 Kg. The reference point for the control of the different heights is marked in that lower of the part of the low step the monoplaza. At the same time, this step comes increased. The control on the consumption of the axis in woody material comes now analyzed in 6 defaulted points and not mainly him. They are defined new dimensions that limit the baffles of the previous aileron and their incidence. Areas are believed "outside of limits" for the aerodynamic investigation, I eat the area for example around the previous wheels, in the 60 cm. around the hood motor, until the axis of the later wheels and along the long profile extractor. They are defined new measures of security that prevén a double structures before the pedals, the presence of structures deformables beside the habitáculo that now should have a depth of 55cm.. They are defined minimum heights for the area of the motor. Ailerons are prohibited whose profiles come closer to less than 15 cm. of the axis of the later wheels. They are imposed new "crash-test" lateral.

From 1996

You can substitute one of the two regular pilots for a third pilot, designated previously, since the decision has to be taken before the first classifications.

Classifications: The official session of trainings of Friday is suppressed. This way, the pilots only have a shift of it qualifies that on Saturday it is disputed from 13:00 o'clock up to 14:00 o'clock. It is invariable the number of turns allowed in 12. It is possible to use the "muletto."

Weight: The minimum weight of the cars passes of being from 595 to 600 Kg. with pilot on board.

Habitáculo: The dimensions of the habitáculo increase in 10 cm., passing from 42 to 52 width cm. The longitude passes of being of 65 cm. in the '95 at 77,5. These measures have been taken to increase the pilot's protection and to speed up the aids in the event of accident.

Aerodynamics: Forbidden the flaps before the later axis: this reduces the support in the back train. Also forbidden the pointed frontals. The previous section should not be inferior to 90 cm2. The paratías of the previous flaps should have 10 mm. of thickness like minimum.

From 1997

To improve the security, it TRUSTS it it introduces a structure deformable of absorption of impacts in the back part. The crash-test is intensified on the back part of the monoplazas: they should resist a weight of 780 Kg. to a speed of 12 m/s. These changes affected to almost all the escuderías.

I reinforce of the suspensions to avoid the fragmentation in the event of impact.

He/she decreases the height of the ailerons located before the later wheels in 10 cm.

The careened suspension triangles are prohibited and also any effect of aerodynamic support that you/they can create.

Forbidden the aletones in the hood-motor that the McLaren introduced in the '95.

It breaks the monopoly of tires of Good Year, entering in competition the Japanese company Bridgestone.

From 1998

Habitáculo: A rubber is introduced to the sides of the cell of survival.

The surface of the rear-view mirrors increases in a percentage of 20%. In the plug of the deposit of fuel it should have a small door that should always be closed in the development of the career. When one enters to box, the pilot opens it before the repostaje.

The ailerons are considered part of the chassis. They cannot be in the part of inside the tire. The presence of a control clip is only allowed. It continues forbidden the soda of the controls with liquid. Maximum diameter of the disks: 278mm. Thickness of 28 mm.

I increase of the lateral crash-test.

Introduction of the lined tires. Each vehicle has at your disposal 10 Sep of tires with channels: three channels before and four behind: 14 mm. for the exterior, 10 for the interior and 2,5 mm. The measures of the wheels continue invariable.

From 1999

Limitation of the width of the front tires in 305 mm. maximum Diameter of the rubber: 660 mm. Diameter of the tire: 330 mm. Increase of the channels in the front wheels, passing of having 3 at 4. Again it exists a monopoly of mark of tires, but this time with the mark Bridgestone. Limitation of the sets of tires for each test, spending from 9 to 8 for one weekend.

The devices are prohibited that prevent that the wheels skate or that they neutralize an exaggerated acceleration on the part of the pilot.

The electronic differential can only be regulated by the pilot if the car is stopped.

The "roll-bar" it should be higher and the seat should be extraíble.

Introduction of a system by means of the one which the wheels farewells cannot come out in the event of accident. This consists on placing an elastic hook of 8 millimeters of diameter that is subject to the wheel and to the body of the car. This way the wheel doesn't come out flying although it breaks the suspension.

Ayrton Senna

(Of man to semi-God)

Toward the Formula 1

The liking of Ayrton for the cars showed to very early age. With four years, it could not hide their enormous happiness when his father, Milton, gave him a simple car of pedals that he had manufactured same in the family shop. In those years Milton encouraged the approach from Ayrton to the competitions in kart. It was in 1977 when the young Senna got its first South American title of kart, success that he repeated in the successive year. Also in 1977 he made their premiere in the kart World cup reaching the sixth final square. In 1978 besides the already pointed out South American title, it achieved the Brazilian title of kart that he would repeat in the 79, 80 and 81. In the World cup it conquered the second position in the years 79 and 80. The world title refused to fall of its side, but for then all the eyes did in him somebody with a particular gift. Their bereavements with T.Fullerton or with S. Modena was epic.

With 21 years A. Senna decides to be transferred to the other part of the Atlantic. Great Britain is its destination. There in the one that all call "cradle of that of the sport motoring" it is where Senna wants to continue its career. It is firmly resolved to become pilot of careers and for he gives way all type of psychological obstacles. To the controls of a Van Diemen Rf80-Ford registers in two championships of F-Ford 1600: the Rac and the Townsend-Thorensen. It conquers them in a shouting way with a palmarés full with quick turns and victories. For the accuracy 12 victories and 10 quick turns in the 20 disputed tests.

Championships Townsend and Rac F-Ford 1600

With this palmarés, everything would seem to indicate that the road would open up expedite under the feet of Ayrton. However, the first contrapié comes given by the rupture with Lilian, its beautiful one and youth handcuffs. Brazil is too far so that such a juvenile relationship lasts. Then Ralph Signs he requests him an extra financing to dispute the Festival F-Ford. Senna without money and mad he decides to return to their missed Brazil. He complains saying: "Up to now the competition for me was a pleasure, but I realize that to progress the talent it is not enough, the teams are avid of money and the psychological pressure is excessive. I should also choose between the family interests and the career, I don't want to go running behind the sponsors. I have finished with the careers of cars, I will only run in the kart". it was not still known sufficiently our Ayrton. With approaching the season he corroded inside. Their father realized this circumstance and he gave, finally, via free to the return of Ayrton to Europe.

Championships F-Ford 2000 Graze British, Efda and F-3 G.B

In 1983 Ayrton their brilliant career would continue in the difficult British F-3. This step should be the one that opened him the doors of the F1. For he would have a Ralt Rt-3 Toyota of the team West Surrey Racing, Senna justifies the election saying: "The team of Bennets is possibly the most expensive, but to my form of seeing, it guarantees the best attendance". Its rival will be a certain Martin Brundle, with the one he will have to be seen them during the whole year.

The first nine careers are a "festival". Senna dominates the category like previously he made with the F-Ford 1600 and 2000, of overwhelming you could qualify its superiority in this first part of the season. In the second half Senna will find but difficulties. Frequent breaks and incidents, most of these with Martin Brundle, they will make that a point decayed the brightness of its initial trajectory. Nevertheless, Ayrton will get the title marking a record of victories for the category that would remain unbeaten for many years. With the support of Marlboro, Senna will travel in this year to Asian lands to dispute that that unofficially is known as the World cup of the F-3, the GP of Macao. Neither that to say has that the Brazilian would get victory, pole and quick turn in career. The exam was overcome.

The Begining of a Hero

The entrance of Ayrton Senna in the F-1 took place of the hand of a contract triennial signed with Toleman. It was one taking of contact that allowed Senna to train among those "big". Already in their second career with the modest English team was able to be lifted up until the sixth position, in spite of running with the frontal of their wornout monoplaza and the address hardened because of a touch in the first turns. As confirmation that this result was not casual, Ayrton repeated in the following GP of Belgium, only this time the monoplaza was it doesn't conform and it was disqualified. The crisis that settled down between Toleman and Pirelli unchained that its first GP of San Marine, Ayrton stops it could not be classified for the exit, in fact San Marine, where the future reserved him an unequal fortune. But if this year he had an algid moment for Ayrton, this was that of the GP of Monaco. In the principality he took place a GP that one really could adjetivar like "aquatic". The conditions of the hint and of visibility they were of a precariousness that they had advised not to give the exit. It was under these conditions "Dantesque" where the genius of Ayrton put on in evidence. Ayrton knew how to take advantage of that the circumstances equaled the monoplazas, stopping to have so much importance the power, it passed to privilege the capacities of the pilot's conduction. Therefore, among the immense puddles of water, Ayrton knew, with the help of maneuvers and spectacular advancements, to be lifted up to the second square. The first position was already in their aim point, position that Alain occupied Prost. Ayrton reduced the difference with French to a rhythm that everything made think that it would be question of an or two turns the necessary time so that Senna passed to lead its first GP.

The rest of the championship saw like with a mediocre monoplaza.

Senna that had a contract for three years signed with Toleman was already capture object on the part of the most important escuderías in the circus. For the GP of Monza, Ayrton gave to know that the year following foray for Lotus. Toleman, wounded in his pride, punished him removing him the possibility to join for the GP of Italy. This was the principle of the breaks of contracts in the F-1, Ayrton was liberated of the commitment signed with Toleman paying a pecuniary penalty, being free to give the jump to a team with more grease.

Year 1988: The first title

The step of Senna to McLaren was already resolved from half-filled of 1987. Their contract specified a two year-old duration. Senna happened that a team "Reynolds" to other "Philips Morris" where the French Alain Prost was the unquestionable boss. Already from the first winter tests one could see that the "recently arrived" it didn't feel any fear of the presence of the "professor". The chronometers always spoke in favor of the Brazilian. The opinions were for all the likes: from those that thought that the careers are a thing different to the private tests and that there Prost would impose its biggest experience and tactical capacity; until those that thought that all shoe has its mold. The season will agree with to some and others. Senna demonstrated to be quicker than its team partner. Prost on the other hand, although overcome in pure benefit, it was able to go adding points along the championship, what led at a quite tight end. Neither the strategy, neither the experience of Prost could with the virtuosity of Senna.

1989 were presented for our hero with a slight rosy tone. Already from the first career disputed in Jacarepagua the presumed pink tone he left step to a gray one opaque. Senna that left of the Pole had a touch with Patrese and Berger in the first curve after the one started up. With their damaged front aileron, he entered in boxes to substitute it. Recapturing the career later, it could not go back more than until the on onceavo. But it was in the following career, that of San Marine in which an episode that was significant took place. In this season beginning, Prost that had already won the first career, drove a certain agreement with Senna for which would exist a pact of non belligerency, an entente that he came to say that the one that of them two arrive first to the first curve would not be attacked by the other one during the first part of the GPs. This agreement was truncated during the second exit of San Marine's GP. Prost had gotten one started up better than Ayrton and it arrived with a slight advantage to the curve Villeneuve. Senna, with he Coughs her visible, it is squeezed in one braked to the limit and it is placed furiously in head. Senna wins the career with a certain margin Prost it has more than enough. To the arrival, the polemic jumped to the palaestra. Prost recriminated a not respected pact and he promised that from then on each one would follow its own road. This in the practice meant that the axe of war had been exhumed. The championship '89 arrived to Suzuka, and here would be decide the championship. For 47 turns, Senna pursued as a poseso to Prost that occupied the first position from the one started up. It was in the chicane before the goal straight line where Ayrton attempted the everything for the everything. Taking advantage of the willing hint tract for the entrance to the boxes, Senna won the interior from the curve to its French rival. This, when seeing his partner, advanced the curve giving the crasing of both monoplazas as a result. Prost that with the two cars outside of career virtual champion of the world was proclaimed, he got off the car. But Senna, helped by the commissaries, it could be reinstated to the career, incorporating for the road. Senna was disqualified by six months and fined with 100.000 dollars. Admitted their inscription with a written supposition of excuse, signed theoretically by Senna but on whose authenticity still today many perplexities exist.

1990: The second World Title

The vengeance is a plate that eats up cold. The bereavement Senna-Prost had its continuity during the whole year 1990. This time Prost their Nº1 went for a walk to loins of a red Ferrari. Excepting this small detail, the season was almost a tracing of the '89. The two litigants arrived again to the earth of the nascent sun to settle who of them two were the biggest. But this time was Prost the one that had to win the career to maintain its scarce victory possibilities. To those season heights, the Ferrari seemed to have reached a certain superiority regarding McLaren and the complicated layout of Suzuka seemed to favor even more this condition. But, as well as the previous year we could enjoy a tense bereavement during 46 turns, in this occasion Senna, like he would say later, he decided to finish the career in the first curve. Prost started up better than Ayrton and it was located in first position. Resolved Senna to everything, tried to find a hole that didn't exist to French's interior. The result was sung, "the careers sometimes finish in the turn 47 and others in the first curve" these the words of Senna that were wrapped up of a poison that it already lasted one year were.

Year 1994: A Star Leaves us

The best pilot and the most successful monoplaza in the last years together, in a symbiosis that, on the paper, it condemned to the rest of pilots to carry out the "list" of mere processions. However, the winter tests will place a certain concern in the granitic trust of Senna and their new team.

Imola, circuit Enzo and Dino Ferrari. Year 1994. May 1. The memory hurts, the memory rips some wounded hearts until the infinite that you/they drown in its own desperation. The traffic is near. Ayrton Senna Gives Silva it will occupy its place in the Olympus of the gods of the motoring. Perhaps beside Jim Clark, or who knows if next to Graham Hill. He will make it from their favorite place, from the "pole", from the first position. With the clear look, without anybody for before that bothers their road toward the glory, Ascari and Rindt wait for it. Ratzenberger will receive it (it is arrived privilege of the last one) and it will accompany him ago its throne. From there, surely, he will be observing us to all and veiling so that those that have been here, rotating for the hints pursuing a dream, continue unharmed. It is not easy the work of a Semi-God.

Michael Schumacher

Of a street lamp to Tri-champion of the World

The history of one of the big ones

'Formula 1'
From time to time, a genius, an authentic teacher of the steering wheel appears every so often, able to astonish experts, veteran and fans. From the beginnings of the motoring, many have been the own names that have entered to be part of the History of the Formula One, the sport of the most demanding motor. From Fangio to Lauda, going by Villeneuve father or Prost (without never forgetting to the "magic" Senna), Only the best pilots have able to lift the public of their seats. Now, to all those geniuses of the steering wheel and the pedals, it is necessary to add one more: Michael Schumacher.

Many already saw him one of the best pilots, but it has not been until this same year when it has been able to enter in that select one "club”of only 6 famous pilots, it is the "club" of the three Championships of the World gotten. Now, Schumacher will be beside names so moving as Stewart, Piquet and Senna, and who knows, perhaps same to Prost... and until to Fangio!

But to get that, Michael has worked a lot, so much in his sport career as in his personal life. The first car that Schumacher had drive, went the kart to pedals that you/they gave him when he have 4 years old. But Michael's first contact with a motor was when its parents installed him a lawnmower motor to its car of pedals... but it was not a very good experience: it finished smashing against a street lamp in a street of the city. Their parents decided him to run in a closed circuit. And this, in Kerpen (54.000 habitants' town in which lived and it grew) Michael had begin to run in the hint of karting of this town. Michael's father, Rolf Schumacher, was contractor in the construction, but soon it ended up directing the karts in which their son rotated at full speed with his minuscule racing car.

Until the 15 years, Schumacher was very interested in the soccer, and in 1989 he and its family moved to Belgium to witness the World cup of Karting.

But Michael's future was not still clear. Their childhood was normal, as a mischievous boy anyone, until one day he had to decide: to participate in a final of judo or to compete with their kart in a career. Schumacher decided to participate in the final of judo but I was third, and he realized that their decision had not been the correct one.

But then non wise Michael that the motoring could be something more than a simple hobby. The Formula One had not even been gone by the head.

His fifteen years in karts he allowed him to acquire a great experience to the steering wheel. When Michael was too young as to participate in a career and this stopped because of the rain, he requested loudly that let him run to him. And when he made it, he didn't stop of making jugglings with their small car, making turns of 360º and carrying out a crusade after another. And it is that the rain is one of Michael's specialties. The same as Senna, they liked the rain. Later Schumy began to participate in important careers of karts, achieving good results.

Their first car of one square was a Formula Koening. Hoecker acquired one of these car, it mounted it and he contacted with Schumacher through the telephone to invite him to drive. Michael didn't hesitate a moment and, of this way, he participated of this type of careers formula, ideals for who had abandoned the karts. His first career: in Hockenheim; their result: winner. That triumphs, nothing easy, it demonstrated the enormous quality of a promising pilot that competed with total naturalness. But that victory got it after the disqualification of Koester. But that didn't mean that Schumacher got a victory "given". That same year it won all the careers of the season (10) except of the Zolder where finished second after having problems in his formula.

Later more competitions and modalities would arrive. Schumacher a good hole was already making in the base motoring, willing give the great jump. There where it competed he always got from all over the world the attention. All coincided in that his form of steer and to work was exceptional. After winning in the Formula 3000, the thing was clear: to for the Great Circus!

Schumacher in the F1

Spa-Francorchamos was the first circuit in which Michael participated in an official day of Formula One. It was in 1991, when with the team Jordan surprised to more than one. The times of that boy recently arrived in the days of trainings of the Great Prize of Belgium they were impressive, he had reduced about 4 seconds the registration of their first turn, placing it in front of the World Champion Piquet. On Saturday Michael would be able located in the fourth exit line, from where it would leave in career. But this it won't be very good for him... neither very durable: it could not complete the first turn (after being ahead in the exit) when break the clutch of their car.

After Belgium, a great polemic for Michael's Shcumacher contract. Jordan and Benetton fought for get the incredible hands of German. Finally, after accusations, demonstrations, trials and other, the young pilot would spend to the blue team, and in Monza he had forgotten to Jordan.

In Italy Michael was able to punctuate for the first time, when achieving the 5º position at the career end.

Michael's first complete season was 1992. In Mexico Schumacher was able to overcome Ayrton Senna in the official trainings, finished third (Senna finished sixth after a strong collision). In career, and after the abandonment of Senna for problems in his formula, Michael got the third place and the first podium of his sport career in Formula One.

In Brazil, Ayrton and Schumacher they had their first close contact. Everything begin when in the exit Michael left to the left, and Senna he closed to final of straight line. "Senna decided to play to a very strange game. It braked me and then he/she stepped the accelerator and he left me behind. It disappointed me because I was quicker than him. He didn't wait for me this of the champion triple." said Michael. But Schumacher didn't know what passed the McLaren of the Brazilian. And that was not another thing that... a short circuit that in occasions toward believe that it Senna was braking their car it stops next to hurry quickly, when in fact what happened was that the problem appeared and it disappeared continually. Senna tried to follow the career, for if the mishap was solved, but that didn't happen and the Brazilian tried to make signs to his rivals to warn them of his problem. The case is that, in his first complete season, Schumacher was already under conditions of advancing to the brilliant Brazilian.

The two pilots returned to see the faces in France. In Adelaida's curve, Schumacher spent of having braked and he touch Ayrton. The two pilots coincided in that the blame had been of German.

Spa-Francorchamps, the same circuit that saw him debut the previous year, was witness of the first victory of what would be a Champion of the World. Michael recognized have cried in his first victory, and he complained that his mother was not present in the circuit.

1994 were one of Michael's big years, although is true that was quite sad. The tragedies happened in this year darkened little the first Championship gotten by Schumacher a little, after bereavements, crashes, disqualifications and frights. Without a doubt, this year one of the most important bereavements in the history of the Formula One: the bereavement Schumacher-Hill.

Without a doubt the most outstanding fact in this year was the collision in Adelaida. The polemic, 6 years later, it continues open. There is who say that Hill rushed too soon, and others that Schumacher had closed shamelessly. That afternoon in Adelaida everything seemed was in favor of the British Damon Hill. Schumacher you came out when he went in head, he scrashed against the protection wall and able to return to hint. But them English it had already won him the interior. Michael´s car, with a clearly damaged , closed the door to Hill, and he left discharged on two wheels, impacting later against the tires. Hill had been to continue in career but... a arm of his suspension was completely bent. He entered in boxes and... nothing else. Their mechanics could not fix that irreparable damage. Michael Schumacher had won its first World Title in a difficult year for the Formula One.

In 1995 it get a World Title again, again with a one Benetton, but this time with the motor Renault. In this year also had have more impressive accident, when in Imola, after refueling, you left the very quick hint and it collided laterally against the protection of tires. It didn't suffer any damage.

But the things went well for Michael. Soon after was proclaimed champion of the world by second consecutive year. Also, he announced their signing for the mythical motor-racing team Ferrari for 1996. It was an entire explosion. Schumacher surely knew that it would not be able get the World cup in some years again, although he didn't maybe think that they will pass five.

In 1996 he could not make great thing. Ferrari was not in conditions of offering a good car in conditions for a real bi-champion of the world. The image of the two red racing cars breaking almost at the same time in several big prizes was pathetic. This year the bereavement Hill-Schumacher ended and it was centered in the fight among the two partners of team of Williams.

In the '97 the thing was not better. At the season end Schumacher played a crash with another pilot again, (this time Villeneuve), in the circuit of Jerez, in the Great Prize of Europe. The case is that the Title didn't return neither to Ferrari neither the hands of Schumacher. In the '98 neither got , and the World cup close with a certainly sad image for Schumacher: the blowout of the back wheel of his Ferrari when one was playing overcome of champion. The Title escaped again.

1999 could be the year of their third championship, but an unfortunate accident in Silverstone caused him serious damages in his leg and he had leave the World cup during several careers. A new lost World cup.

This year (2000), the season began with a clear superiority of the red cars, with Schumacher always in head, winning a career after other, while the McLaren, their new rivals, didn't stop of accumulating abandonments. But to season half as much Mika as Coulthard reacted and they clipped distances in the Championship, taking advantage of the errors and accident of Schumacher in the exits. Two accidents in the first curve in Austria and Germany left him without punctuating and, in Spa, he saw how Mika Häkkinen surpassed him with such a crushing easiness as impressive.

A fantastic double in Monza and a new victory in United States, they returned the hope ferrari and to the own Schumacher. The tears jumped of their eyes when they reminded him that the number of victories of Ayrton had tied Senna. It was one of those images that should remain recorded so much in all the tapes of video of all the fans, like in the memory and History of the Formula One. In those brief second Michael it demonstrated that besides a great pilot and champion, he is also a great human being.

After Japan, and of victory of Schumacher, the third Title returned to Maranello 21 years after achieved Jody Scheckter, and five after the signing of German for the red mark. Own German admitted that they had taken too much in getting , but the carried out work has been as hard as gratifying.

After the Formula 3000, the F3, the Sport, the Formula Koenig, the Ford 1600 and, of course, the Karts, that boy that crash his car against the beacon has learned what is to compete, to run in Formula One, to be consecrated as champion, to be distinguished of the rest, he has learned how to cry, so much of happiness as of sadness, he has made a mistake and it has get guess correctly, it has lost but he also triumphed, and, the most important thing, he has known how to enjoy steering.

Happiness Schumacher, you are one of the big ones.