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Integrated skills: Reading, Speaking & Writing


(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Schumacher,

adapted for classroom use by N.P.)






Michael Schumacher (born January 3, 1969, in Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany) is a former (__________________) Formula One driver, seven-time world champion, and current (____________________) advisor and occasional test driver for Ferrari. He is the only German to win the Formula One World championship,and is credited with(____________________) popularising Formula One in Germany.


  1. What is he famous for?

  2. What impact has his success had in his country?

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Michael Schumacher (red) and

Jacques Villeneuve (blue) in the moment of the collision at the Dry Sack corner in the 1997 European Grand Prix at Jerez.


Hill (left) and Schumacher (right) crash at the Flinders Street corner during the 1994 Australian Grand Prix.


fter winning two championships with Benetton, Michael Schumacher moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive (___________________) drivers' titles with them from 2000–2004. His driving sometimes created controversy(_________________________): he was twice involved in collisions that determined the outcome(__________________) of the world championship, most notably his disqualification(_____________________) from the 1997 championship for causing a collision with Jacques Villeneuve. After the 2006 Formula One season Schumacher retired(________________) from race driving



  1. Why is his driving controversial?

  2. What happened in 1997?



Off the track, Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life and donated tens of millions of dollars to charity.

  1. What is Schumaher currently doing?

  2. Would you consider a positive role model for young people?

Early years


Schumacher was born in Hürth Hermülheim, to Rolf, a bricklayer (___________), and Elisabeth. When Schumacher was four, his father modified (____________) his pedal kart by adding a small motorcycle engine. After Schumacher crashed it into a lamp post in Kerpen, his parents took him to the local (_____________) karting track at Kerpen-Horrem where he became the youngest member of the karting club.

  1. What was his first vehicle?

  2. Why did his parents take him to a krting club?

His father soon built him a proper kart from discarded (_____________________) parts and at the age of six Schumacher won his first club championship. To support his son's racing, Rolf Schumacher took on(_______________) a second job renting and repairing karts at the circuit(____________________), while his wife worked at the track's canteen stand. Despite the extra income, when Schumacher needed a new engine costing 800 DM (400 €) his parents were unable to afford it(__________________), but their son was able to continue racing through support (________________) offered by several local businessmen.

  1. What were the second jobs of his parents? / Why did they take them on?

  2. Could Rolf and his wife fully support Michael?



Michael Schumacher



Nationality German

Formula One World Championship career

Active years

19912006

Teams

Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari

Races

250 (248 starts)

Championships

7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Wins

91

Podiums

154

Career points

1,369

Pole positions

68

Fastest laps

76

First race

1991 Belgian Grand Prix

First win

1992 Belgian Grand Prix

Last win

2006 Chinese Grand Prix

Last race

2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

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