Why Michael Schumacher Drove Under the Luxembourg Flag in His Junior Career

Published 09/15/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari smiles after the Vodafone Race on Piazza Duomo in Milan during the preview to the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher is arguably one of the most popular name in F1. Although he left the sport years ago, fans still regard him as the greatest driver to step foot in the sport. While the statistics speak for themselves, the German’s skill set fits the bill well.

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Earlier today, amidst much excitement, Netflix released the documentary on the German’s life, titled ‘Schumacher.’ Although he was German, he chose Luxembourg as his nationality during his karting career.

Michael Schumacher reveals intelligent reason behind karting under the Luxembourg flag

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In his F1 days, Schumacher displayed great skill and intelligence to defeat opponents on the track. However, this intelligence didn’t just generate within the former Ferrari driver overnight. In fact, it’s been around since his childhood.

During the Schumacher documentary, there was an interview segment that featured a young Schumacher. When asked why he competed under the Luxembourg flag despite being German, he mentioned how it helped him financially. In addition, he also mentioned qualifying for the world championship was easier under these circumstances.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 19: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari talks to the media during a Shell Press Conference at the Transamerica Hotel during the previews to the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit on in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

He said, “The qualifying races in Germany cost money. And if we’re eliminated, we don’t qualify for the world championship. But in Luxembourg, we’re the only competitors, it doesn’t cost anything and we qualify.”

He didn’t hail from the wealthiest of families, so the German always looked for a way out of a tough situation. While it helped him advance his karting career, Schumacher showed he had the mindset of a world champion with this move.

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Following this segment, Schumacher’s father Rolf speaks about his son. He mentions Michael knew what he wanted at a very young age, and was molding himself to be a champion.

Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix of Australia, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Park, 07 March 1999. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

He said, “He was already practicing like a world champion when he was a kid. He already knew what he wanted when he was a kid.”

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While he obtained his karting license in Luxembourg aged 12, Schumacher obtained a German license in 1983. Following that, he achieved major success in karting before moving to Formula Three in 1989. And from that point on, the rest is history.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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