Michael Schumacher’s website (www.michael-schumacher.de) has relaunched today – the 13th November 2014 – on the 20th anniversary of him winning his first world championship.
Schumacher’s controversial first world championship was won in Australia back in 1994. After a coming together between the German and his title protagonist Damon Hill, Schumacher was crowned world champion despite many believing the move had been deliberate. Since then he went on to become the most successful Formula One driver in history, winning seven world championships. His second was in 1995 and he dominated the sport with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004 going on to win five more. In 2005 he fought with Kimi Raikkonen and eventual champion Fernando Alonso but finished in third place. In 2006 he announced his retirement from the sport and put in a valiant effort for one final championship but it was not to be and he finished second place to Alonso, by 13 points.
That was not the end of Schumacher in Formula One, however. When Felipe Massa was involved in a serious accident during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Schumacher was touted to return and drive once again for Ferrari. He later injured himself in a motorbike accident and was unable to take the drive due to an injured neck. In 2010, however, the comeback was on when he was announced alongside Nico Rosberg as Mercedes GP drivers. Three further seasons saw him score one final podium – a third place at the European Grand Prix – and he retired for good at the end of 2012.
At the end of December last year Schumacher was involved in a serious ski accident and many feared the rest. Nearly a year on Schumacher is continuing his long recovery and his website has been re-launched to not only commemorate his first championship, but also to allow fans to leave messages for the seven time world champion using the hashtag #keepfightingmichael. A statement from the family on the website reads:
Still we receive wishes for Michael to get well soon every day, and still we are stunned by the sheer amount of sympathies. We can only always thank you for facing this fight together with him and us. We remain confident and hope the best for Michael . Your strength is helping us to keep supporting him.