In July 2008 it was revealed Michael had turned down the chance to make his UEFA Champions League debut, having been offered the chance to play for San Marino champions SS Murata in the opening round of the 2008 competition.
In April 2008, Michael threatened to take legal action if any more press reports or photos were published about his son Mick. The previous week it had been revealed his 9-year-old son had made his racing debut at the wheel of a go-kart, entered anonymously under his mother's maiden name.
In March 2007 Michael took to the track in his first competitive motorbike race, riding a 990cc KTM Super Duke in the 10-lap KTM Trophy race.
Michael got his first race for Jordan by luck! He was under contract to Jordan but he was not to be on the grid, Jordan driver Bertrand Gachot was jailed for assault so Michael got the call to race at Spa 91 and his raw talent was on show for the world to see!
Michael's hobbies include soccer, tennis, swimming and skiing.
In December 2007, Michael and his family were running late to get to the airport. He asked a taxi driver if he could drive instead, and the two swapped seats. Michael made up the ground on the 30km (19 mile) return trip and caught his return flight home to Switzerland. And despite doing most of the driving himself, he still gave the driver a 100 euro (£75) tip.
Michael & Kimi Raikkonen starred together in a TV advert for Fiat in December 2007. The ad was filmed in Germany, showing both the past and current world champions sitting in the new road car - the Fiat Bravo T-Jet.
Michael partnered Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany in the 2007 Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in December 2007. The pair won the teams' trophy.
In 2007 Michael received an award for his contribution to the sport. His career was honoured by the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias in Spain as he beat Valentino Rossi, athlete Yelena Isinbayeva and tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the voting. It was not the first time that he had been under consideration, however, but he missed out to the Brazilian soccer team in 2002.
In September 2007 Michael was awarded one of Spain's highest honours, the Prince of Asturias prize for sports. Michael was chosen because his record "had turned him into a sports legend and the racer who has won the most trophies in the history of the sport", as well as for his charity work, said the jury that awards the sports prize.
Michael gave 1.15 million euros ($2.5 million) to United Nations cultural organization UNESCO in 2005, and $US10 million ($12 million) one year later to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in south-east Asia.
In May 2007, Michael Schumacher's 2006 car, a 248 F1, sold at auction for just under $2.3m. His 2003 car was sold for a little more than $2.0m. As well as the cars, the following items were also auctioned.
- 2005 steering wheel ($85,000)
- a 2004 V10 engine ($62,000)
- an autographed Schumacher helmet ($30,000)
- a Schumacher racing suit ($28,000)
- two GP trophies ($14,000)
- a 2004 engine cover ($12,500)
- a 2006 front wing ($6,500)
In 2006, Michael slightly changed his helmet design, replacing the German triband on the side of his helmet with a plain red color and the Prancing Horse at the back of his helmet with the full Ferrari logo. For his last race, the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, he used a helmet with a design thst included his favorite Chinese character, as well as a list of every GP he won on either side of the helmet.
When Tiger Woods was asked who the world's greatest sportsman was, many expected him to answer his friend, Roger Federer. Instead, he answered Michael Schumacher, due to his consistently high level of performance.
On May 1st, 2007, Michael made a surprise appearance on an America's Cup yacht. With Michael as the '18th Man' on Emirates Team New Zealand's yacht, the New Zealand crew took a comfortable victory over the +39 Challenge team in a Round Robin contest as part of the Louis Vuitton Cup, a qualifying event for the America's Cup. Michael was effectively enjoying a passenger ride, as the 18th Man does not participate in the sailing of the yacht.
In March 2007, it was revealed that Michael would have a corner named in his honour at the Nurburgring, the venue for the 2007 European Grand Prix. The fast left-right switchback after the Dunlop hairpin will be renamed the 'Schumacher S' in deference to the seven-time world champion, who retired at the end of last season.
Michael treated himself to an extravagant present in January 2007. Michael splashed out on a Shelby Cobra Daytona Super Coupe - one of the world's rarest super cars. Only six of the original cars - valued today at several million dollars - were ever built in the mid Sixties, ironically in a bid to wrestle the GT title from dominant Ferrari.
In December 2006, at the black-tie FIA awards in Monte Carlo, Michael was presented with an FIA Gold Medal from both Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone.
In November 2006, Maranello in Italy conferred an honorary citizenship on Michael for his service to Ferrari. In December of the same year, he received the keys to the city from Maranello Mayor Lucia Bursi. Michael gave his acceptance speech in Italian.
In 2006, one of Michael's fans has nominated the retired seven time world champion for Germany's highest state decoration - the 'Bundesverdienstkreuz' – a federal cross of merit.
In 2004, it was proposed that Michael receive the German honour, but it was rejected on the basis that sporting achievements alone do not justify such an award.
Michael has signed an agreement to feature in the comic-book movie Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games. Michael made his movie debut with a voice-over for the animation Cars.
An autobiography focusing on the life and career of Michael was released in 2006. It is simply named Michael Schumacher
Michael's local football team in Switzerland are hoping he will save them from relegation, team coach Patrick Ferrari told Swiss newspapers. Michael is a keen footballer who plays for the amateur local league side, FC Echichens.
Echichens's second team are currently languishing at the bottom of their third division league with just two points from eleven games.
Michael has managed to play for the seconds once this season in between F1 commitments, helping the team to a 4-2 defeat against relegation rivals Lusitano Gland.
Michael is an ambassador for UNESCO.
Michael received an unique parting gift after his final GP in Brazil, 2006 - an island! Dubai's crown prince - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - decided to give Michael a piece of the man-made island paradise 'The World', located off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. 'The World' is 300 islands clustered together in a nine Km zone to resemble Earth from an aerial photo. Michael's island, part of 'Antarctica' on the artificial globe, is worth about (US) $7 million. It is thought that Michael will build a kart track on the island.
Dual world champion, Mika Hakkinen, flew to the last race in the 2006 season, Brazil, especially to see Michael's last race, saying that some of his best duels had been with the 7-time world champion.
In the first practice of the 2006 Brazilian GP, the last of Michael's career, the rear wing of the BMW-Sauber cars, including that of compatriot German teenager Sebastian Vettel's third car at Brazil paid homage to Michael. In big blue lettering, it read: 'Thanks Michael'. In the second session, it had been changed to German and read 'Danke Michael'.
In 2006 the manager-magazin publication listed Michael at position 161 on the annual list of the wealthiest German people. His fortune at that time was estimated at approximately $750m. Michael was also listed as twenty-fourth on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list for 2007. In 2006, he was listed at #13. In 2005, Forbes ranked him 17th.
On the eve of Michael's retirement, Peter Sauber revealed for the first time that he helped to fund his F1 debut for Jordan in 1991. The former team principal of Sauber, now owned by BMW, let it be known that he actually handed Eddie Jordan the cheque for £150,000 (223,000 Euros) prior to the race at Spa in Belgium. Michael, then 22, drove for Sauber's sports car team, which was partnered by Mercedes-Benz. Sauber entered Formula One in 1993. The opening at Eddie Jordan arose after regular driver Bertrand Gachot was jailed in England for assault.
Michael had a fitting send-off by staff at the 'Montana' restaurant, which is located next to Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit. The restaurant staff collected money to commission a bronze statue of the multiple world champion.
Luca di Montezemolo gave Michael the Brazil-spec single-seater - the 248 F1 - that he raced for the last time in his sixteen year career at Interlagos, Brazil, as a parting gift.
Michael cracked the elusive 20,000 RPM barrier in his Ferrari, whilst testing at Jerez in October 2006.
When Michael retired from F1, he left holding almost all the records. To date (September 2006), he has won 7 Drivers' world titles and contributed to the same number of team wins in the Constructors' Championship. He has raced in 247 Grands Prix (178 of them at Ferrari,) won 90 (71 at Ferrari,) been on pole 68 (58 at FErrari) times and has set 75 (52 at Ferrari) fastest laps. He has accumulated a total of 1354 points, with 1051 of them being in a Ferrari. No one in the world of motor racing has done better.
Following Michael's decision to retire, the only record that eluded him was the one for the number of race starts. He was only able to reach the 250 mark, just six short of the record held by Riccardo Patrese. Michael has been with Scuderia Ferrari for eleven seasons, a demonstration of loyalty without equal in F1, to date securing five of his Drivers' titles with the team and contributing to six of the team's Constructors' titles. No other driver has ever won as much with Ferrari.
After winning the 2006 Italian GP, Michael annouced his retirement to begin at the end of the season. This brought the Schumacher era to an end. Michael is the statistically greatest driver ever in the sport.
On June 1 2006, Michael broke the unofficial lap record at Circuit de Catalunya during testing with a best lap of 1:13.471s.
In 2003 Michael broke the record of championship titles when he won his sixth World Drivers' Championship. In 2004 he broke his own record by winning his 7th title. The year was an excellent one for Michael, with 13 wins out of 18 races and only one retirement. Unforttunately, 2005 was Michael's worst season at Ferrari, when he finished a lowly 3rd and won only 1 grand prix.
In 1998, Michael took the championship battle to the last race at Suzka in Japan. Unfortunately he stalled at the start of the race and lost the championship to McLaren driver, Mika Hakkinen. In 1999 he broke his leg in a crash at the British GP, allowing Mika Hakkinen to win the Constructors' Championship for the second year running.
In 1997, Michael had a collision with Jacques Villeneuve in the final race of the season, causing Michael to be disqualified and lose his 2nd place in the F1 World Drivers' Championship. Jacques went on to win the title.
In 1994, Michael won his first F1 World Drivers' Championship with Benetton, however this was very controversial as he collided with rival Damon Hill in the final race of the season. He again won the championship with Benetton the following year, but in 1996 left the team to race for Ferrari.
Although Michael debuted with Jordan, he was only there for one race after which he moved to Benneton. In 1992, he got his first Formula One win with his new team at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Michael is the most successful F1 driver ever, with 7 World Drivers' Championships to his name.
Michael's younger brother, Ralf, was also a Formula One driver.
Michael: (warning the media to keep away from his son Mick following a go-kart race he was entered in) Let our kids be kids. Do not make headlines out of them. It is not his fault that he has a famous father.
Michael: (after being awarded one of Spain's highest honours in 2007, the Prince of Asturias prize for sports) I am totally surprised and obviously very honoured. It is a recognition of my sports career but I am especially pleased that my social committments were taken into account.
Michael: (on receiving an FIA Gold Medal in 2006) I have received a huge amount of joy and pleasure from motor sport. To all of you and all of the people everywhere I really want to express my thanks. I have had such a love for this sport, it doesn't need motivation. You do it as good as you can and luckily I have a lot of great people around me who have allowed me to achieve what we have achieved together.
Michael: (revealing his decision to retire developed during the 2005 season) I started to realise that I no longer wanted to be under this constant pressure, I could feel that I didn't want to fight anymore. I always knew that I would retire one day. I said for a long time that I would stop when someone is clearly better than me. Fortunately this day for me never came.
Michael: (admitting for the first time that he thought he was going to die following his crash in the 1999 British GP) I was laying there and I could hear my heart beat becoming quieter and quieter and quieter. Then everything around me went dark - in that moment I was scared. I remember thinking, 'This is it for me'.
Michael: (following his retirement from F1 after the '06 Brazilian GP) There were things I would do differently, but if I went into that it would get too intense and we don't have time right now. But there is the song My Way and I think that is true right now. My dad was happy to see me after the race and he said: "Finally, it's over". He was quite happy. I feel more relaxed although I think his heart rate was higher in the race than mine.
Michael: (announcing his retirement at Monza 2006) Words are not enough and whatever I could say now will never fully express how much I love this fascinating world of motor sport and all it has given me. From go-karting to Formula 1, I have lived through moments that I will never forget. I am profoundly grateful for everything I have had. I want to thank everyone who has accompanied me, supported and inspired me, right back to the days of my childhood. Above all, a special thanks goes to Corinna and our two children, who have given me the strength to do what I have done. All these years in Formula 1 have been amazing, especially those spent alongside my friends in the Scuderia. Soon my future will belong to my family, while I am happy to be still part of Ferrari. But for now, what matters is this world championship.
Michael: (congratulating Fernando Alonso after winning the 2005 title) I congratulate Fernando and the team on winning the title. They have done a great job over the season. I saw a mechanic who worked with me before and he was close to tears. It was moving to see him and it's nice to see how they are happy.
Michael: (speaking about the Pope dying) The atmosphere is very strange for all of us. Germans and Italians feel very connected to the Pope, as many other countries do.
Michael: (on participating in the movie, "Cars") When I first heard about this project, I was obviously hesitating as I am not at all good in acting or pretending I am somebody else, and as I have never done anything like this before," he told Racing-Live.com. "But on the other side, the story was so nice and the whole setting seemed so appealing.
So we thought: okay, why not try, let's just go and try it. It was quite difficult doing this, but at the same time it was a lot of fun as it was a totally new experience. And trying new things is always worth it.
We had to stop several times, especially when I did the languages other than German and English, but in the end I hope it will come across well and the people will like it. For sure, it was a very interesting and funny thing to do.