It was 28 years ago to the day on March 22 that Michael Schumacher registered his very first F1 podium-finish at the Mexican Grand Prix.
A history-defining moment for Schumacher and his team on this day nearly 30 years ago; finishing third only to Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese.
Schumacher went on to become the most successful driver in F1 history with 91 Grand Prix wins and seven World Drivers’ Championship titles.
At the time, the German would have had no idea just how successful he would go on to be in the sport, and that is clear to see from his post-race interview back in 1992, where he admitted he never expected to earn a spot on the podium.
Schumacher stated: “I’m really happy about the third place.
“I didn’t expect, really, the third place, because I knew that the McLaren was quite quick in the warm-up with full tanks and I knew they will be quicker in the end of the race.
“But it was like this. I could hold Berger. The whole race, the distance was still the same, between nine and 10 seconds. But in the end, I was pushing quite hard because Berger closed up once to eight seconds.
“It was a really hard race, but I wasn’t pushing too hard from somebody behind me. From this, I really have to say [to] the Benetton team, a really great thanks because they have done, or we have done, a great job this weekend.”
It would go on to be a monumental year for the German.
The year 1992 saw Schumacher achieve a third-place finish in the World Drivers’ Championship standings, as well as pick up eight podiums in total and securing his maiden Grand Prix win in Belgium later that August.
Two years later, Schumacher won his first F1 title while driving for Benetton and managed to retain the trophy a year later.
A move to Ferrari came in 1996 and with that came Schumacher’s next unprecedented march to the top.
From 2000 to 2004, Schumacher consecutively claimed five of his seven championships.
The German icon’s records still stands unmatched.
The only person in with a shout is Briton’s Lewis Hamilton, who this year requires seven race wins to go level with Schumacher, and stands within touching distance of equalling his title count.
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