Michael Schumacher has a one-off helmet design to commemorate his 300th Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher has traded in his traditional red helmet scheme for a platinum design, with the German making his 300th Grand Prix weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.

For the stats fans among our readership, this weekend will be his 300th Grand Prix appearance and his 299th race start – his one non-start came at the 1996 French Grand Prix when his engine blew on the warm-up lap.

Schumacher becomes the second driver in Formula 1 history to join the ‘300 Club’, with former tem-mate Rubens Barrichello passing the milestone at the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix.

Schumacher has himself had a long affinity with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit since he made his F1 debut here 21 years ago with the Jordan team. In 1992 at the same circuit, he claimed the first of what would be 91 victories to-date in his career.

In 2001, he claimed his 52nd Grand Prix win at the same circuit, breaking the all-time record previously held by five-time World Champion Alain Prost – three years later, he claimed his seventh World Championship crown here.

What magic will Spa bring for Michael this year?

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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.