Happy birthday to the great Michael Schumacher, who turns 41 today!

Schumacher has dominated the F1 headlines in the last month with speculation, and then confirmation, of his much-anticipated comeback to the F1 grid since his ‘retirement’ at the end of the 2006 Brazilian GP.

In returning to the F1 grid at Bahrain for the 2010 season, Schumacher will become the oldest driver to participate at a GP weekend since Channoch Nissany, who donated some serious sponsorship participated (very slowly) in Friday practice for Minardi.

Should he win on his comeback race, Schumacher will become the eighth-oldest driver to win a Formula 1 GP. He will eclipse Nigel Mansell’s (41 years, 3 months, 5 days) seventh placing if he wins a GP after mid-April. The next driver on the rankings to surpass would be Sir Jack Brabham (43 years, 11 months, 5 days), but that wouldn’t happen unless Schumacher was to win the final race of the 2012 season!

Incidentally, the oldest driver ever to win a Formula 1 GP was Luigi Fagioli, who won the 1951 French GP aged 53 years 22 days! Schumacher would need to be racing in the 2022 season to surpass that record!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.