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Michael Schumacher — The Definitive Illustrated Race-
by-Race Record of His Grand Prix Career

Michael Schumacher Whatever you think of
  The Man, Michael
  Schumacher had the
  most remarkable career
  in Formula 1 — don’t
  miss Christopher Hilton
  race record of this
  Grand Prix star
s racing

FANS OF MICHAEL SCHUMACHER have a treat in store with Christopher Hilton's book, Michael Schumacher — The Definitive Illustrated Race-by-Race Record of His Grand Prix Career, which reads like The Man's personal journal of events.

Christopher Hilton recreates Schumacher's sixteen-season career in
an original way. Each chapter is devoted to one year and the races
are featured in chronological order, with the date of each race, a few paragraphs, race report, statistics and quotes from Michael Schu-macher at that time. This is set against the evolving landscape of F1 itself — rule changes, what Schumacher faced from the opposition,
and the historical context of his growing dominance.

Michael Schumacher — The Definitive Illustrated Race-by-Race Record of His Grand Prix Career also looks at Schumacher's origins — he came from an obscure small town in Germany and wanted to be a footballer. Instead, between 1991 and 2006, he destroyed every significant record in Formula 1 racing to the point where his achievements may well stand forever.

Along the way he grew from a slender, angular young man to a global presence. But that wasn't simply because of his seven World Cham-pionships or his unprecedented feat of making Ferrari mighty, fearsome and feared again. He crashed — most controversially into Damon Hill for the first of those Championships, into Jacques Villeneuve battling for another and, ultimately, into the barrier at Monaco to stop a qualifying session and bring allegations of foul play.

In the early days, rumours had begun flying around that Michael Schumacher was good. He knew just how he wanted to develop his own style and would check out each new track thoroughly before
each race, driving round it to consign every curve to his memory.

Looking at his original photographs of that time, you'll find names from F1 history such as the late Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell, who vied for the World Championship in 1991 (there is also a handy Teams and Drivers chart) and pictures of a young Michael Schumacher barely looking old enough to drive!

Illustrated with more than 340 dramatic photographs, this book encom-passes all the great days, from Schumacher's astonishing debut at Spa for Irishman Eddie Jordan, via two world titles for Benetton and right through the Ferrari years to his dignified and emotional farewell in Brazil at the end of 2006. It also embraces the dark days — following Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994, the crashes and a dozen other controversies, like the day he marched down the pit lane to lay hands upon David Coulthard.

Because Schumacher expressed himself through the medium of his rac-ing, this is more than a fascinating sequence of 250 races; it becomes a valuable portrait of a man shaping his own life and reshaping Grand Prix racing as he did so. This is a fantastic record of The Man and his races and a marvellous historical Grand Prix souvenir.

Michael Schumacher The Definitive Illustrated Race-by-Race Record of His Grand Prix Career by Christopher Hilton is out now in hardback format and available from all good book shops at an RRP
of 30. ISBN: 978 184 425 450 7.

Also out now is Christopher Hilton's Michael Schumacher: The Whole Story, available in paperback format at an RRP of 9.99. ISBN: 978 184 425 448 4.