WATCH | Michael Schumacher, the Red Baron - The greatest F1 driver of all time?

<i>Image: Scuderia Ferrari/Twitter</i>
<i>Image: Scuderia Ferrari/Twitter</i>

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Michael Schumacher is probably one of the biggest reasons most people are Formula 1 fans, and many will hail him as one of the greatest drivers of the sport, of all time.

Even now, six years after his tragic skiing accident which has left him in a coma, and his condition unknown to the world, except those closest to him, fans still want to know about their F1 hero.

But why is there always so much hype around Schumacher? 

Well, it's easy to understand.

The Formula = take a few drops of determination, add ambition and a fearless instinct, tempered with calm coolness, and a control of high speed reactions. Stir in a generous amount of natural driving ability that has matured from an early age. Combine precision with sheer determination, include a love for sports and speed, add a winning talent and a G-force defying level of fitness. Allow all this to develop in the field. Then garnish with boyish good looks, generosity and popularity. Finally, serve with charm and poise, then you will have a champion, no less a seven-time world champion. 

This is Michael Schumacher, the Red Baron.

Voted as the most popular F1 driver by fans the world over, Schumacher became the first German to win the Formula 1 championship.

From pedal cars and karts, to high-octane Formula 1 racing, Schumacher became the leader of the pack, acing all in his path. He got the name the 'Red Baron' in reference to the World War 1 German fighter pilot, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, who was known as the the ace-of-aces of the war, who also 'blitz'd' everyone in his path.

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