The discussion over the best Formula One driver of all-time has to start and end with the German.
Turning 48 on January 3, Schumacher enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Formula One, breaking numerous records and winning multiple championships.
He won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before leaving for Ferrari and adding to his haul with a run of five straight championships from 2000 to 2004.
Along with his seven titles, Schumacher is F1’s all-time leader in race victories (91), fastest laps (77), pole positions (68) and most races won in a single season (13 in 2004).
He’s also the only driver to finish in the top three in every race of a season and holds the mark for most consecutive podium finishes with 19.
Schumacher unfortunately suffered a severe head injury while skiing in December 2013, from which he is still recovering.
We continue to wish the German ace all the best with his recovery.
Here are the other sport stars born on this day:
1939: Bobby Hull, Canadian former NHL player who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame (78).
1967: Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish retired tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No10 (50).
1981: Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback for the New York Giants and two-time Super Bowl winner (36).
1992: Doug McDermott, American NBA player for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 NCAA scoring champion (25).
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