Some of Scuderia Ferraris most loyal fans may have noticed, but yesterday, August 25th, marked the 25th anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s first-ever Formula 1 race.
As Road & Track reports, Schumacher entered the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix with Jordan behind the wheel of the Jordan 191, often regarded as the most beautiful Formula 1 car of all time. The 191 didn’t do any favors for Schumi on that day though – he retired on the first lap with a clutch failure.
The German’s first grand prix wasn’t representative of the rest of his Formula 1 career, however. From 200 to 2005, he won five Formula 1 world titles in a row with Ferrari, ushering in a sort of ‘Golden Era’ for the Scuderia with the help of technical director Ross Brawn.
Schumacher’s current medical condition is still not known, but in a recent interview, former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo claimed the F1 world champion was responding positively to treatment.
“I’m very pleased to know that he is reacting,” he told Ecumenical News .“I know how strong he is. I’m sure that thanks to his determination, which will be crucial, he will come out from this very, very difficult situation.”