Michael Schumacher: a career in pictures

1991 Belgian GP: Schumacher makes his F1 debut, qualifying a sensational seventh in a Jordan but he retires on the first lap with clutch failure
1992 Belgian GP: Schumacher celebrates his first of 91 F1 wins, triumphing in wet conditions in a Benetton at Spa-Francorchamps
1994 Australian GP: Schumacher hugs his Benetton mechanics after becoming F1 world champion for the first time, having collided with rival Damon Hill
1996-2006: Schumacher joins Ferrari and after a tough few years the German goes on to win a further five Formula 1 titles
1996 Spanish GP: In torrential conditions, the German majestically passes a host of drivers, including Jacques Villeneuve, to secure his first win for Ferrari
1999 British GP: Schumacher crashes at Silverstone's Stowe corner and breaks his leg, which will keep him out until the Malaysian GP, ending his title hopes
2000 Japanese GP: For the following season 'Schumi' makes amends, celebrating here on the podium at Suzuka after winning his first title for Ferrari
2002 Austrian GP: The infamous 'staged finish' at the A1 Ring helps Schumacher to his fifth world title, after race leader Rubens Barrichello is ordered to move over to allow the German to take maximum points for the championship
2004 Belgian GP: Schumacher wins a staggering seventh title by a country mile after finishing second behind McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen at Spa-Francorchamps
2006 Brazilian GP: The 91-time race winner, who loses out to Fernando Alonso in the title fight, kisses his beloved Ferrari car goodbye at Interlagos - his final race for the Scuderia
2010 Abu Dhabi GP: Schumacher rounds off an underwhelming year back in F1 by narrowly avoiding injury following a freak accident with the Force India of Tonio Liuzzi
2012 European GP: Schumacher makes it on to the podium for the first time since his comeback, finishing third behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen in Valencia
2012: "Although I am still able to compete with the best drivers, at some point it is good to say goodbye. I'm looking forward to life after Formula 1 now."