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English Oral Report
Michael Schumacher


I: Hi class, we are going to talk about Michael Schumacher.

He’s a German Formula One racing driver for the Mercedes team. He wasborn on 3 January 1969.Schumacher is a seven-time World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He holds many of the formula's driver records, including mostchampionships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season in 2004.In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top threein every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes.

He started his career with the Benetton team in 1991 and later he moved to Ferrari team in 1996 andwon five consecutive titles. Schumacher retired from Formula one driving in 2006 and he came back in 2009. Michael and his younger brother Ralf Schumacher are the only brothers to win races in FormulaOne, and they were the first brothers to finish 1st and 2nd in the same race, in Montreal in 2001, and there again in 2003.

A: In 1996, Schumacher joined Ferrari for a salary of $60 million over 2years, a team which had last won the Drivers' Championship with Jody Scheckter in 1979 and which had not won the Constructors' Cup since 1983 with drivers René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay at the wheel.He left Benetton a year before his contract with them expired; he later cited the team's damaging actions in 1994 as his reason for opting out of his deal. A year later, ex-Benetton employees RoryByrne and Ross Brawn, who had been Technical Director at Benetton since 1991, and who was one of the key members behind Schumacher's title successes with the team in 1994 and 1995, decided to joinSchumacher at Ferrari. This increased Schumacher's motivation to build a more experienced and potentially championship-winning team around him.
Ferrari had previously come close to the championship in...
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