This year marks not only 25 years since the great German clinched his first F1 title (at Adelaide in 1994), but also Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday. Therefore to celebrate these milestones the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed will organise a special tribute to the Benetton, Ferrari, Jordan and Mercedes legend.
The celebration will span his entire career, expanding out from his incredible time in Formula 1 to his early years in sportscars and touring cars, and even back into the early days of his career in junior categories. As part of the celebration, Damon Hill will take to the hillclimb in one of his former rivals iconic cars.
With this year’s theme set as “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers” Michael’s incredible career is the perfect subject for a tribute. Not only did he race in over 300 Grands Prix on his way to the record of seven World Championships, but on the way Schumacher also broke records for most wins (91), most wins with the same team (72), most wins in a season (13), most podiums (155), most fastest laps (77) and more.
Sabine Kehm, spokesperson for the Schumacher family, said: “We are delighted that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has chosen to celebrate Michael’s career, in the year of his 50th birthday, and on the 25th anniversary of his first World Championship. It is especially fitting this year, as the event’s ‘Record Breakers’ theme perfectly encapsulates his incredible achievements, including records, many of which may never be broken. We hope the public enjoy the opportunity to see an assortment of his winning cars, and the many friends, rivals and team members, who are coming to Goodwood to support the occasion. We thank the Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood team for making Michael such an important feature of this year’s event.”
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