This weekend, we marked the sixth anniversary of Michael Schumacher's devastating skiing accident. It has also been a year of more festive anniversaries for the German Formula 1 ace as he turned 50 in January, and it has also been 25 years since he won his first World Championship and 15 since he won his last. To mark those occasions, the Goodwood Festival of Speed included a special Michael Schumacher class in 2019. In our final update of the year, we have taken a closer look at two of the cars that were instrumental in clinching the first and last of Schumacher's World Championships.
First up is the Benetton B194 Ford used to clinch the title in 1994. The brainchild of Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, it was not an easy car to race, which was underlined by Schumacher's three alternating team mates, who could do no better than third on just two occasions. The German, on the other hand, won eight races. Of these, four were scored by the featured example, which was used to score half of Schumacher's points that season. Interestingly, it was demonstrated at Goodwood for its German owner by Schumacher's nemesis of old Damon Hill.
Following his spell at Benetton, Schumacher joined Ferrari and this would result in five seasons of absolute domination between 2000 and 2004. During that final year, he used the F2004. Like its predecessors, it was in a league of its own, winning 15 of the 18 Grands Prix it competed in. The chassis highlighted today was used in the first six races of 2004, winning the first five in a row.

Enjoy the links:

1994 Benetton B194 Ford

2004 Ferrari F2004