2002: MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Model produced by: Mattel (Hot Wheels Elite)

Year: 2002
Driver: Michael Schumacher (Germany)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari F2002
Results: 11 wins, 17 podiums, 7 poles, 7 fastest laps

It appeared to be nothing more than a battle for second or third place in the driver’s standings for those competing because Michael Schumacher finished first or second in every race except for the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished third, making the podium in every race. He won a record 11 Grands Prix, surpassing the previous record of 9 wins, jointly held by himself (1995, 2000 and 2001) and Nigel Mansell (1992). He would also set the record for shortest time in which the World Drivers Championship had been clinched, securing the title with a win at the French Grand Prix, with 6 races to go in the season. Schumacher took the Drivers’ Title by a record 67 point margin over teammate Rubens Barrichello, beating his own previous record for the 2001 season. Schumacher and Barrichello helpedFerrari amass more points than the rest of the constructors put together. For next season, the FIA would change the points system.

There was again some controversy, however, at the Austrian Grand Prix, where his teammate, Rubens Barrichello was leading but in the final metres of the race, under orders, slowed to allow Schumacher to win the race.The crowd broke into outraged boos at the result and Schumacher tried to make amends by placing Barrichello at the top step of the podium. At the United States Grand Prix later that year, Schumacher dominated the race and was set for a close finish with Barrichello. At the end he slowed down to create a formation finish with Barrichello, but slowed too much allowing Barrichello to take the victory. In winning the Drivers’ Championship he equalled the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio of five world championships.

(Source: Wikipedia)

See the official FIA Gala 2002 season review

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