Michael Schumacher will see his record-breaking Formula One career recognised at Goodwood’s ‘Festival of Speed’ this summer. The Ferrari legend turned 50 this year and the tribute also coincides with the 25th anniversary of his first of seven Formula 1 World Championship titles. Schumacher suffered brain damage in a skiing accident in 2013 and is reportedly confined to a wheelchair. The specific state of his health remains private.
Fellow F1 world champions Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill, who raced alongside Michael Schumacher, will stand alongside friends and family of the German to recount his impressive career. Fans will be greeted by an array of cars driven by Schumacher through the years and there will be plenty for the organisers to choose from. Starting out in a Jordan 191, Michael Schumacher soon went through a Benetton B192, Ferrari F310, Ferrari 248F1 and a Mercedes W03 as he left rivals in his mirrors.
Sabine Kehm, spokesperson for the Schumacher family, said: “We are delighted that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has chosen to celebrate Michael’s career. 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.”
Schumacher’s 19-year-old son Mick will follow in his footsteps when he pulls on the red Ferrari overalls for his F1 testing following the conclusion of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. He won the F3 championship last season and is expected to eventually follow his father and represent the Italian team in F1.