Schumacher's 300th: Memorable Milestones

By on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Michael Schumacher celebrates his 300th Grand Prix this weekend at Spa Francorchamps. We take a look at how some of his rivals have passed the big milestones.

Jenson Button’s 100th race – China 2005, 8th

Jenson Button’s 2005 season had not gone particularly well. His BAR-Honda team was excluded from the San Marino Grand Prix and thrown out of the next two races for running an illegal car. The Chinese Grand Prix was the final race of a fairly dismal season for the team and Button limped across the line to take a single point courtesy of eighth place. New world champion Fernando Alonso rounded off the season with a victory.

Kimi Raikkonen’s 100th race – Hungary 2006, Ret

The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was held in wet conditions and it was running wonderfully smoothly for McLaren until Kimi Raikkonen clattered into the back of Vitantonio Liuzzi when he attempted to lap the Italian. In a season where McLaren failed to win a race, a minor error squandered the Finn's chances and ended hopes of a second consecutive Hungarian win. Raikkonen was later joined on the sidelines by Fernando Alonso, allowing Jenson Button through to claim his maiden victory.

Alonso's 100th race wasn't wildly celebrated by McLaren...

Fernando Alonso’s 100th race – Belgium 2007, 3rd

There is some question as to what should count as someone’s ‘X race’: is it their presence or when they start? Either way, Alonso finished third in both his 100th race – Turkey 2007 – and his 100th start – Belgium 2007. Having proved himself particularly unpopular with McLaren after the news they would be stripped of all WCC points the week before, Alonso beat Hamilton but couldn’t defeat the dominant Ferrari F2007 and claimed third place, behind Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

Mark Webber’s 100th race – Belgium 2007, 7th

Like Alonso, Webber’s 100th race came at Spa in 2007. In the days when Red Bull was simply midfield fodder rather than double world champions, seventh marked a fairly good result for the Australian, who was comfortably faster than team mate David Coulthard throughout the weekend.

Felipe Massa’s 100th race – Europe 2008, 1st

Massa’s 100th race came during his best season in Formula One, when the Brazilian was at the front rather than mired in the midfield. Massa dominated the first European Grand Prix to be held at the Valencia Street Circuit to close in on title leader Lewis Hamilton. The race was nowhere near as exciting as this year's event on the East coast of Spain as there was little overtaking.

Nico Rosberg’s 100th race – Hungary 2011, 9th

In a completely uneventful race for Rosberg, he started seventh and finished ninth. He shared his 100th start with that of the Toro Rosso team and the V8 engines. All three parties debuted in the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton's 100th started badly and got worse

Lewis Hamilton’s 100th race – Germany 2012, Ret

After a disappointing home race at Silverstone, Hamilton was eager to bounce back at a circuit where he won in 2008. Debris littered the track at Turn One after Felipe Massa hit a Toro Rosso and despite running only eighth, Hamilton was the only driver to pick up a puncture. He dropped to last, annoyed Vettel by unlapping himself and then gave up a few laps from home. Team-mate Jenson Button fared better as he finished in second place, behind Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button’s 200th race – Hungary 2011, 1st

The only other man in the F1 field to have started 200 races except for Schumacher. The 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix took place in perfect conditions for Button. He managed to save his soft tyres throughout the race and when team-mate Lewis Hamilton gambled on wet tyres, Button simply stayed out and braved the conditions. He beat Sebastian Vettel by a few seconds to win his 200th race.

And what of the man himself..?

Michael Schumacher’s 100th race – Luxembourg 1997, Ret

Schumacher’s 100th race didn’t go too well. Despite taking place at his local track – Nurburgring – he collided with rookie brother Ralf and retired with suspension damage on the second lap. To compound matters, Jacques Villeneuve took the ten points for the win.

Michael Schumacher’s 200th race – Spain 2004, 1st

The F2004 was the class act of the field and Michael Schumacher took his fifth straight win to give himself a lead in the championship that he would not relinquish. To make matters worse for his rivals, he won the race despite dealing with a cracked exhaust!

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