Michael Schumacher made sporting history in 2003 when he won a record sixth Formula One World Championship title, overtaking Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five.
The season was one of the most enthralling in years with the title not being decided until the final race in Suzuka, Japan. At the end Schumacher’s superb driving skills proved crucial as he won six Grand Prix to clinch his fourth consecutive World Championship for Ferrari to add to the two he won with Benetton in 1994 and 1995.
He won Ferrari’s first World Championship for 21 years in 2000 and was voted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year to mark his second title for Ferrari in 2001. He immediately followed that with arguably his greatest year in 2002, clinching his fifth title in record-breaking fashion, finishing the year with 11 wins in 17 starts and becoming the first driver to finish every race in one season on the podium.