Legend Michael Schumacher

Legend Michael Schumacher
 

From four wheels to two – and back to four again.

Featured drivers

Featured drivers
 

5 drivers, 5 teams, over 60 victories.

Partnerships

Partnerships
 

The Scuderia Ferrari and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS rely on Schuberth.

We were right there from 2001 to play our part in 162 Grand Prix, 46 victories and 4 world championship titles.

 
 
 

Thank you, Michael!

308 Grand Prix, 91 victories, 7 world championship titles – Michael Schumacher has immortalised himself in Formula 1 history with a large number of records. Since 2001 we have accompanied Michael Schumacher in his unparalleled career in our role as helmet manufacturer.

We were right there from 2001 to play our part in 162 Grand Prix, 46 victories and 4 world championship titles. Behind the bare figures lie countless exciting and emotional moments and a strong team of Schuberth employees who were able to play their part in these successes through their great commitment and diligence.

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250,000 miles a year

Above all, of course, our service engineer Sven Krieter, who is present at every race to prepare the helmet for Michael. Regardless of what the weather is like  – hot or cold, high humidity or torrential rain –, Sven makes sure that Michael always has a perfect view of the situation. Sven travelled around a quarter million miles a year to always be where Michael needed him. In the Magdeburg factory Sven heads a team of four engineers who construct the helmets and customise the suspension.

A team of experienced engineers who always integrate the latest scientific and technical findings and the results of the wind tunnel tests into the development of the helmets ensures that the helmets also reflect the latest state-of-the-art in terms of safety and comfort. And above all the wishes and requests of Michael Schumacher himself were always taken into account.

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"Development engineer" M. Schumacher

Marcel Lejeune, Managing Director of Schuberth GmbH, looks back with gratitude on the successful cooperation: "Michael Schumacher, with his enormous technical understanding and his outstanding analytical skills, has contributed to the constant enhancement of our Formula 1 helmets. Our engineers had a few hard nuts to crack, but without him many innovations could not have been implemented so quickly. We will always be very grateful to him for his untiring meticulousness."

Joint development of the helmet since 2001 set safety benchmarks in Formula 1. Important achievements in the fields of safety, aerodynamics and comfort are the outcome of Michael's ideas. Not least of all the double carbon protection in the particularly endangered forehead section which was suggested by Michael resulted in one of the safest helmets of all. This safety feature played a major role in minimising the consequences of an accident suffered by his former team-mate and Schuberth driver Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009 when he was struck by a steel spring.

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Press

Official press release (PDF, 80 kb)

High resolution pictures (ZIP, 9 MB)

 

Press Contact:

Schuberth GmbH
Marc-Thorsten Lenze
Phone: 0049 391 8106 214
Email: lenze(at)schuberth.de

 
 

Michael Schumacher lines up for his 300th Formula 1 race wearing a platinum helmet

The myth of Spa-Francorchamps

Of course it has to be at Spa-Franchorchamps:  record-breaking world champion Michael Schumacher (Mercedes AMG Petronas) will be celebrating the next chapter of his unique Formula 1 career at his favourite track.  The 43-year-old will be driving in his 300th top-class race at the Belgian Grand Prix. This makes him the most experienced driver in the whole field.

We have decided to mark the occasion by giving him a very special gift. The SF1 completely platinum plated!

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Valuable, rare and extremely tough

"We've spent a long time thinking about how we can commemorate such a special anniversary by giving Michael something he'll really enjoy, while at the same time letting him know how much we value his achievements. This is how we came up with the idea of a platinum helmet. Platinum is valuable, rare and extremely tough.  These characteristics also describe Michael Schumacher, and we have always benefited from these attributes during the ten years that we have worked together", said Schuberth CEO Lejeune.

Michael Schumacher thanked Schuberth, saying: "It's fantastic that Schuberth has once again come up with a special helmet design to mark this special day. I'm delighted – it’s a very precious piece of equipment. It marks a real milestone in my career and will have pride of place in my personal collection. Many, many thanks".

The new platinum helmet is shining silver, which contrasts very well with the red of the dragon and the Chinese writing that are typical Schumacher design elements. Schuberth will produce a limited edition of 20 replicas and 1000 pieces of 1:2 models of the platinum helmet available for fans in the Schuberth online shop: shop.schuberth.com.

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Schuberth once before designed a special helmet for Michael Schumacher. This was exactly one year ago, again at Spa-Francorchamps, when the seven-time world champion proudly celebrated "20 years in Formula 1" and wore a gold-plated helmet. But platinum is 30 times more rare than gold, a fact which shows the importance that Schuberth attaches to this particular Schumacher anniversary.

The Spa racetrack in the Ardennes has an almost mystical significance for Schumacher because this is where he took part in his very first Grand Prix in 1991. It was also here that he won his first Formula 1 race; here where he won his seventh World Championship (2004) and where he delivered his finest performance in 1995, when he started 16th on the grid but still crossed the line in first place.,


Press:

Official press release and high resolution pictures (ZIP, 27MB)

Press Contact:

Schuberth GmbH
Marc-Thorsten Lenze
Phone: 0049 391 8106 214
Email: lenze(at)schuberth.de

 
 

Michael Schumacher heading to starting line on 20th anniversary of Formula 1 debut in commemorative gold-plated helmet

Michaels "Golden Twenties"

The record-winning Formula 1 driver, Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP Petronas), will be celebrating yet another historical first at the Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps: Twenty years after his debut in the premiere division of his sport, the 42 year old is still racing as an active pilot – an unprecedented show of longevity. His star launched its incredible ascent on 25 August 1991. On 28 August 2011 it will truly shine in gold.

We will present a very special helmet to him for his “Golden Twenties” anniversary, especially designed and manufactureredfor this event to commemorate the day in grand style – with 21-carat gold plating.

"I'm naturally tremendously flattered that Schuberth is dedicating this kind of helmet to me. Gold plating as homage to my racing debut 20 years ago in Spa and the golden years that followed – that's a grand idea and an expression of our strong partnership that's lasted for quite a while now", Michael Schumacher stated.

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Michael´s gold-plated helmet

Marcel Lejeune, CEO at helmet maker Schuberth, said the following about the golden commemorative helmet: "Through the helmet we wanted to express to Michael our tremendous respect for his life's achievement. If there's one racer in this world worthy of a gilded helmet, then it's Michael Schumacher". Schumacher holds almost all records in the top division of his sport. With 91 Grand Prix victories, he is far and away the most successful pilot in history. The helmet is also Schuberth's thank you for a tremendous partnership. It has lead to the creation of one of the world's safest helmets.

Schuberth will make just twenty gold-plated 1:1 replica helmets – one for each of Schumacher's years in F1. There will also be additional replicas with gold paint. The replicas can be ordered in the Schubert online shop at www.shop.schuberth.com.

The original race helmet as well as the Replica helmets have been designed and hand painted by Michael´s designer Jens Munser. We did accompany the production process by camera and produced a “Making of”:

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One of the 20 gold-plated replicas together with a certificate of authenticity signed by Michael Schumacher will be donated by Schuberth to the FIA "Action for Road Safety" campaign. The campaign aims at achieving a significant reduction in the number of traffic fatalities worldwide by 2020. This starts with improved accident prevention measures in developing and emerging countries, where 90 percent of all fatal traffic accidents worldwide occur. Michael Schumacher has been active for a number of years on behalf of the FIA foundation.
 
For Michael Schumacher, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of his favourite playgrounds. He's gathered more wonderful memories there than anywhere else. Located just one hundred kilometres from his home town of Kerper, the 22-year-old took a sensational seventh place finish in Jordan to qualify for his first race, although he ended up quitting the contest early with damage to his clutch. One year later he won the F1 event in Belgium. And in 1995 he enjoyed what was perhaps the finest race of his career, moving up from a 16th place to take the chequered flag. He won six times in all in Spa. The past 20 years in Formula 1 were truly the "Golden Twenties" for Michael Schumacher.


Press:


- Official press release (PDF)
- High Resolution Pictures (Zip, 41 MB)
- Video (HD, Zip, 3,9 GB)
- Video (SD, Zip, 1,5 GB)


Press Contact:


Schuberth GmbH
Marc-Thorsten Lenze
Phone: 0049 391 8106 214
Email: lenze(at)schuberth.de

 
 

Schuberth, Schumacher and Formula 1

Legend Michael Schumacher – to 2006

Michael Schumacher has put his trust in helmets from the helmet manufacturer Schuberth since 2001. In this case his brother Ralf was a step ahead of him, having switched to Schuberth before Michael. Ralf was so impressed by Schuberth that he got Michael to try out the helmets. After just a few tests Michael Schumacher had also decided that Schuberth was his first choice.

From the very outset the relationship between Michael Schumacher and Schuberth was not merely one between customer and manufacturer; with his focused approach to his work and detailed change requests he contributed to ongoing enhancement of the helmet. The cooperation ultimately went so far that Michael Schumacher provided important ideas for further development of the Schuberth flip-up helmets. Schumacher drew "his" ideal flip-up helmet on a napkin during a dinner. This was the basis for developing the current C3. The result is the smallest, lightest and quietest flip-up helmet in the world. For Michael Schumacher there is nothing unusual about this: "I myself only ride motorcycles when maximum safety is guaranteed. Consequently I also help Schuberth in developing motorcycle helmets which are designed to be even safer and better: so that every motorcyclist on the road also benefits from them."

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Legend Michael Schumacher - 2006 to 2009

On 10 September 2006 Schumi announced in Monza that he had decided to retire from active racing after being involved in motor sport for more than 30 years. The helmet with which he drove his last F1 race and which was produced specially for this purpose was something really special. All elements which did not glow Ferrari red consisted of applied gold leaf: the seven stars for his world championship titles, the 91 GP wins which were listed in a circle, and finally Schumacher's lucky insignia - the stylised dragon and the Chinese characters. They stand for the names of his wife and his children.

But the partnership still continued after his farewell to Formula 1. For Schumacher's second career in motorcycle sport the Schuberth engineers created a special hand-made carbon motorcycle helmet. The Schuberth RACE from the high-tech company weighs just about 900 grams, significantly less than a Formula 1 helmet, and has an extra large field of vision. The Schuberth engineers, together with Michael Schumacher, worked day and night to develop and construct a first prototype within a few weeks. The design was also an idea of the prominent motorcycle convert: black and glossy on a matt black background.

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Legend Michael Schumacher – since 2010

After he chose to walk away from Formula 1 in 2006, certainly nobody anticipated that the champion would make a comeback. He had been in discussion as a replacement driver after the accident to Felipe Massa, his team colleague of many years, at the Hungarian Grand Prix on 25 July 2009, but because he had not fully recovered from an injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident, he was not yet fit enough for the extreme stress of a Formula 1 race. But the excitement remained for all Formula 1 fans - at Christmas 2009 Michael Schumacher announced that he would return to motor sport's premium competition. The big day came on 1 February 2010: Michael Schumacher started for Mercedes GP Petronas at the first official tests in Valencia.

Record world champion Michael Schumacher says of his partnership with Schuberth: "Obviously I'll continue this partnership following my comeback in Formula 1. In the many years of trustful cooperation with the Schuberth engineers we have always been able to enhance the Formula 1 helmet still further. My suggestions and wishes are taken seriously and put into practice. It's no exaggeration to say that in terms of safety and wear comfort Schuberth today offers the best helmet you can get in motor sport."

 
 
 
 
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