|First entry:||1991 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Last entry:||2012 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|1991 Jordan 1991–1995 Benetton 1996–2006 Ferrari 2010–2012 Mercedes|
|F1 WM:||F1 Championship (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)|
|Leading:||5111km over 24.109,8 km|
Schumacher was born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, to Rolf Schumacher, a bricklayer, and his wife Elisabeth. When Schumacher was four, his father modified his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle engine. When Schumacher crashed it into a lamp post in Kerpen, his parents took him to the karting track at Kerpen-Horrem, where he became the youngest member of the karting club. His father soon built him a kart from discarded parts and at the age of six Schumacher won his first club championship. To support his son's racing, Rolf Schumacher took on a second job renting and repairing karts, while his wife worked at the track's canteen. Nevertheless, when Michael needed a new engine costing 800 DM, his parents were unable to afford it; he was able to continue racing with support from local businessmen.