Ralf Schumacher is one of the best-known German sports personalities. In his 11-year Formula 1 career, he achieved six race victories and 27 podium finishes.

Born in Hürth, Ralf is the younger brother of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. Together they shaped an unforgettable era in motor racing. Their passion began early on at their parents’ karting track in Kerpen, where Ralf discovered karting at the age of three.

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After a successful time in karting, in which he won the German Junior Kart Championship in 1992, Ralf Schumacher switched to motor racing. He competed in Formula BMW and then moved up to Formula 3, where he won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. He also finished second in the German F3 Championship, the F3 race in Monaco and the Masters of Formula 3.

In 1996, Ralf secured a place in the Japanese Formula Nippon Series and became the first driver to win this major national championship in his debut season. This enabled him to test for McLaren. Shortly afterwards, he signed a contract with the Jordan Grand Prix Team.

In his third Formula 1 race, the 1997 Argentine Grand Prix, Ralf Schumacher scored his first podium finish and at the time was the youngest driver ever to stand on the podium in F1. The following season he achieved two more podium finishes, including a historic 1-2 double victory for Jordan behind teammate Damon Hill at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

In 1999, Ralf Schumacher moved to Williams and drove there for six years. He celebrated his first Grand Prix win for Williams in 2001, taking two more victories that season and finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship. The following year he won the Malaysian Grand Prix, one of only two races that season that were not dominated by Ferrari.

At the 2003 French Grand Prix, Ralf Schumacher and his team-mate Juan-Pablo Montoya scored a one-two victory for Williams, which remains the last for the team to this day.

From 2005 to 2007, Ralf drove for Toyota and achieved three more podium finishes, most recently at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

After the end of his Formula 1 career, Ralf Schumacher devoted himself to various areas of motorsport. He drove in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and was active for five years before becoming a shareholder in Mücke Motorsport and taking on a management position there. In this role, he acted as a mentor for young drivers at Mercedes-Benz.

Today, Ralf Schumacher is a well-known figure on the Formula 1 circuit and works as a pundit for Sky Sports Germany.