Michael Schumacher achieved a record 91 Formula One race victories, making him the most successful F1 driver of all time.
The seven-time world champion left the sport in 2012 after a three-year comeback with Mercedes. His career spanned more than two decades.
His love of racing began as a child. At the age of 12, he supposedly travelled to Luxembourg to obtain a karting license, because German regulations dictated he must wait until he was 14.
Schumacher moved on from karting championships to win his first Formula One title with Benetton at the age of 24; in the year Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna died in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.
The German won his second major title a year later.
Schumacher, known as ‘Schumi’, then took five major wins in a row with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.
While driving for Ferrari, he won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award twice, and was nominated for it on a four further occasions.
Off the track, Schumacher is a UNESCO ambassador and a spokesman for driver safety. This, combined with his racing victories, led to an FIA Gold Medal for Motor Sport in 2006.
Throughout his life he has been involved in several humanitarian efforts and has donated tens of millions of euros to charity.