The rise and rise of Michael Schumacher
. Aug 25, 1991: Races in first Formula One Grand Prix in Belgium, driving a Jordan.
. Aug 30, 1992: Schumacher notches up his first victory, at the Belgium GP driving a Benetton.
. Nov 13, 1994: The German wins his first world title in controversial style after a collision with British rival Damon Hill during the season’s final GP in Adelaide
. 1995: Wins his second world title with Benetton, before joining Ferrari.
. Oct 26, 1997: Is disqualified from the championship for unsportsmanlike conduct after provoking a collision with Canadian title rival Jacques Villeneuve during the season-ending Spanish GP.
. Oct 8, 2000: Wins his third world title, and Ferrari’s first in 21 years.
. 2001: Schumacher wins nine GPs and gets 11 pole positions en route to his second successive world title for Ferrari — his fourth.
. 2002: Wins his third consecutive title after a season that saw the German notch up 11 wins and a podium placing in 17 GPs.
. 2003: Is world champion for the sixth time, beating Juan Manuel Fangio’s record.
. 2004: Wins his fifth consecutive title, the seventh and final of his career, thanks to 13 victories in 18 GPs, the best-ever return in a F1 season.
. Sept 10, 2006: Schumacher announces he is to retire at the end of the season.
. Oct 1, 2006: Schumacher notches up his 91st and last victory in the Shanghai GP.
. Dec 23, 2009: The German announces his return to Formula One with Mercedes.
. 2010: Schumacher finishes a disappointing ninth in his first season back.
. June 24, 2012: Finishes third in the European GP in Valencia, his sole podium placing during his return to the track.
. Oct 4, 2012: Schumacher announces he is to retire again at the end of the season after news that Lewis Hamilton was to replace him at Mercedes in 2013.
. Nov 25, 2012: Races in his 308th and final Grand Prix at Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he finishes seventh.
(Text: AFP, Pics: Getty Images)