This Day In Sports History (August 25th) – Michael Schumacher

Michael-SchumacherIt was on this day in 1991 that Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut.  The race took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Schumacher’s first race was a forgettable one as he was forced to retire with a clutch problem.  He was racing for team Jordan-Ford and was replacing driver Bertrand Gachot, who was in an English jail as a result of an altercation with a taxi driver.  One year later, Schumacher would win his first of a record 91 career wins at the same track where his career began.

Michael Schumacher would retire after the 2006 season, but remained with Ferrari as a test driver and a consultant.  After three years away from competitive racing, he decided to return in 2010 with Mercedes.  Schumacher currently sits in ninth place in the drivers standings with 38 points, while Mercedes is holding down the fourth spot in the constructors standings with 132 points.
Here is Schumacher at qualifying for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix

Notable Birthdays

Albert Belle: MLB – Born August 25th  1966 (age 45) in Shreveport, Louisiana

Robert Horry: NBA – Born August 25th 1970 (age 41) in Harford County, Maryland

Marvin Harrison: NFL – Born August 25th 1972 (age 39) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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