Mercedes Reveal ‘Down-to-Earth’ Michael Schumacher’s Incredible Gesture on First Day with the Team

Published 01/05/2021, 1:40 AM EST
SAKIR, BAHRAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP attends the drivers official portrait session during previews to the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakir, Bahrain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher first announced his retirement at the end of the 2006 season, leaving behind the greatest Formula 1 legacy. However, the seven-time world champion made a surprising comeback with Mercedes in 2010.

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Contrary to public opinion, his comeback was not very impressive; he could only add one more podium to his tally during the three-year stint with the Silver Arrows. Lewis Hamilton later took over his seat at Mercedes.

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Recently, the Brackley team launched a series on YouTube where we get a deeper understanding of the team. The first episode in ‘The Silver Arrows Story’ was about the W01 car, as Justin recalls Schumacher‘s involvement within the team.

“He was one of the most down-to-earth drivers he ever knew,” Justin recalled about Schumacher. “In fact, on the first day in the garage, he knew everybody’s name.”

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Michael Schumacher knew the team back at the factory

The German legend was scheduled to return to Formula 1 with Ferrari in 2009 after Felipe Massa’s injury. However, a personal injury stopped the much-awaited reunion. As a result, Schumacher made a comeback next year with Mercedes and he made sure to know the team on the grid and back in the factory.

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme after finishing his last F1 race following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“You often hear stories of how Michael used to walk around different departments at the factory to gain an understanding of what they brought to the car and the performance,” explained Justin.

Schumacher finished his last season with Mercedes in P13 on the standings with 49 points. However, the champion’s immense experience went a long way to set the scene for Mercedes’ comeback to Formula 1.

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In 2013, Schumacher was replaced by Lewis Hamilton as the hybrid era was on the cusp. Mercedes have dominated the Formula 1 grid since 2014 and have claimed every single drivers’ and constructors’ championship. Surely the team will look forward to extending their record by claiming their eighth consecutive championship next season.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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