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Controversial collisions of Michael Schumacher



 Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill come together at Adelaide in 1994 © Press Association Read more at

Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill come together at Adelaide in 1994 © Press Association

Michael Schumacher is a top legend of the Formula 1, seven-times he took world title, even as he has a history of being involved in controversial collisions during his F1 career.

[highlight]”The collisions secured him his first world drivers’ title, but left him with a tarnished reputation.”[/highlight]

1990 Macau Grand Prix

In 1990 Macau Grand Prix a Formula Three race, Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen were involved in an incident when they were in positions 1 and 2 going into the final lap. Häkkinen hit the back of Schumacher’s car and crashed out when he attempted to overtake him. Schumacher’s car was able to continue with its rear wing damaged and eventually won the race with the best aggregate time.

1991 Sportscar World Championship

Schumacher was involved in a serious incident with Derek Warwick, he collided with the Brit in a Group C sports car event. While trying to set his flying lap in qualifying, Schumacher encountered Warwick’s Jaguar on a slow lap resulting in lost time for Schumacher. As revenge for being in his way, Schumacher swerved the Sauber into Warwick’s car, hitting the Jaguar’s nose and front wheel.

Enraged by the German’s attitude, Warwick drove to the pits and chased a fleeing Schumacher on foot through the Sauber pits. He eventually caught up with Schumacher, and it took intervention from Jochen Mass to prevent Warwick physically punching him.

Senna gives a driving lesson to Schumacher

Senna gives a driving lesson to Schumacher

1992 French Grand Prix

French GP at Magny-Cours, sometime after Schumacher crashed into Senna forcing him out of the race at the start of the first part of the race. At the Adelaide hairpin, Schumacher tried to pass Senna but instead hit him, taking Senna out and forcing himself to pit.

1994 Australian Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher took the lead at the start, with Hill second behind him. Hill had rounded the fifth corner of the track when Schumacher pulled across the track ahead of him to the left. At the next corner Hill attempted to pass Schumacher; the two collided when Schumacher turned in. Schumacher was eliminated on the spot. Hill attempted to continue the race and pitted immediately, but retired from the race with unrepairable damage to the car’s front left suspension wishbone. As neither driver scored, Schumacher took the title.

1997 European Grand Prix

The final round of the 1997 F1 championship, Ferrari gets golden opportunity for winning first title since 1979. As in 1994, he went into the finale with a one point lead and once again he was prepared to defend it at all costs.

Michael Schumacher’s main competitor for the title was Williams’ Jacques Villeneuve and on lap 47 he attempted to pass on the inside of the Dry Sac corner. Schumacher – in a similar move to the one on Hill three years earlier – turned in on him, breaking his Ferrari’s suspension but leaving the Williams with minor damage. “The car felt very strange,” Villeneuve said after being crowned world champion. ”

The hit was very hard. It was not a small thing.” Schumacher was later disqualified from the championship by the FIA.

1998 Belgian Grand Prix

A wet race at Spa-Francorchamps exploded on the 24th lap, when race leader Michael Schumacher came to lap the recovering David Coulthard. The Brit attempted to let Schumacher through, by lifting off to reduce his speed. Crucially however he had not moved off the racing line and in very poor visibility Schumacher slammed straight into the back of the McLaren, tearing off the right-front wheel of the Ferrari and removing the rear wing of the McLaren. Both cars made it back to the pits and Schumacher immediately got out of his car and made his way to the McLaren garage. Convinced that Coulthard was at fault,[7] Schumacher confronted him, and according to Coulthard’s version of events, Schumacher both accused Coulthard of “trying to fucking kill me”

1992 French GP: Senna gives a driving lesson to Schumacher

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