On 3 January 2019, fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe flocked to the Ferrari Museum for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition that celebrates the racing legend’s 50th birthday.
Maranello put together a special exhibition that tells the story of Michael Schumacher’s extraordinary record-breaking F1 career. In his F1 stint, the German champion won an as yet unequaled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums, and further propelled the scarlet team into legendary status.
On display in the Hall of Victories are some of the most important Ferrari single-seaters driven in Michael’s eleven years with the Scuderia. They range from the F310 of 1996, with which Schumacher won three GPs in his first season with the Prancing Horse, to the F399, the car that won the Constructors’ title in 1999 (since 1983) to set Formula 1’s oldest team off on an exceptional run of victories.
There is also the Rory Byrne-designed F1-2000 of the legendary ‘Alba Rossa’ (‘Red Dawn’), when at Suzuka, Michael secured Ferrari its first world driver’s title since Jody Scheckter 21 years before. There are also the record-breaking F2002 and F2004, and the 248 F1 of 2006, in which he triumphed at the Chinese GP for his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.
Not quite known to many is Michael’s role as a developer. After retiring from Formula 1, the German driver remained at Ferrari not only to help the Scuderia but also to contribute to the development of various road cars, such as the 430 Scuderia in 2007 and the Ferrari California in 2008.
The exhibition will run alongside ‘Driven by Enzo’ and ‘Passion and Legend’, which are already open at the Maranello Museum.
‘Michael 50’ is organised in partnership with the Keep Fighting Foundation. #ForzaMichael