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The ‘Michael 50’ exhibition, held to celebrate Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday, has been opened at the Ferrari Museum at Maranello. The exhibition has displays that tell the story of the champion driver’s record-breaking F1 career, which includes an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums placings. Fans from all over Europe flocked to the opening of the exhibition.
The Hall of Victories displays some of the most important Ferrari single-seaters driven in his eleven years with the Scuderia F1 team. They range from the F310 of 1996, with which Schumacher won three GPs in his first season with the Prancing Horse, to the F399, the car that won the Constructors’ title in 1999 to set Formula 1’s oldest team off on an exceptional run of victories.
There is also the F1-2000 of the legendary ‘Alba Rossa’ (‘Red Dawn’) in which Michael secured Ferrari its first the world title (at the Suzuka circuit in Japan) since Jody Scheckter 21 years before. Then of course there are the record-breaking F2002 and F2004, and the 248 F1 of 2006, in which he triumphed at the Chinese GP for his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.
Fans will also be introduced to a lesser-known side of Schumacher, that of developer. Indeed, after leaving Formula 1, the German driver remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008.
The exhibition will run alongside ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’, which are already open at the Maranello Museum.
words by Sudipto Chaudhury