Seven world championships and 91 wins over 19 years in Formula One. Michael Schumacher is still one of F1’s most successful drivers, but how did he manage to be so fast over so many seasons?
What was it in particular about his driving style that allowed him to dominate Formula One and how did it compare to other drivers such as Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton?
Michael Schumacher was in Formula One for a very long time. Therefore it would be unfair to say that his driving style remained the same. Throughout the whole period, even in between races, the cars are constantly being upgraded each weekend. That’s not to mention that Schumacher also changed between cars each season and also teams like Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.
On top of that Formula One tends to have big regulation changes every three or so years. The very best drivers won’t have a static technique.
There’s no one size fits all driving style and they really need to adapt to the changing grip, the changing balance of each individual car, tyre and circuit.
This adaptation of driving style is a skill in itself. It’s actually a lot easier to see differences in driving style from Schumacher’s era of the 90s and 2000s than it is today. F1 cars back then were a lot less refined than they are nowadays.
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