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Schumacher, Michael

On Oct. 14, 2001, German racing car driver Michael Schumacher completed a record-breaking year by winning the Japan Grand Prix, the final event of the Formula One automobile racing season. The victory was Schumacher's ninth in the season's 17 Grand Prix races, a tally he had achieved twice before, in 1995 and 2000. Briton Nigel Mansell (in 1992) was the only other driver to win nine races in one season. Even more noteworthy for Schumacher, however, was his season-ending career total of 53 Grand Prix triumphs, the most ever by a Formula One driver and two more than the previous record of 51 held by retired French driver Alain Prost. His achievements also won for Schumacher his fourth drivers'world title. Only Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, with five championships in the 1950s, had won more.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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