Michael Schumacher’s biggest s***house moments in F1 – including Coulthard brawl

Michael Schumacher is regarded by many as the greatest F1 driver of all-time, winning seven world titles.

But to be the best, sometimes it means butting heads and being a certified s***house – not always with the desired consequences.

Athletes who are at the very top of their sport often comment about doing whatever it takes to succeed, displaying a win at all costs mentality.

And during his 19-year F1 career, Schumacher was no different.

Following the release of Schumacher on Netflix, Daily Star Sport takes a look back at five times in the German racer's career when he went to ruthless lengths to get an advantage, often with disastrous consequences.

Damon Hill crash (1994)

Perhaps the most controversial moment in Schumacher's F1 entire career came during his first full season in the sport – and remarkably saw him win his first world championship crown.

Schumacher went into the final race of the season in Adelaide leading his British rival in the standings by just a single point, knowing that if Hill didn't finish, the title would be his.

The confident young German led from the start, leapfrogging Nigel Mansell and keeping ahead of Hill until he was pressured into a big mistake on lap 36, clipping the wall before edging back onto the circuit.

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Sensing his chance, Hill stuck his car up the inside at the next corner, only for Schumacher to turn in, taking both himself and Hill out of the race and securing a hugely controversial world championship.

Villeneuve crash and disqualification (1997)

Lightening doesn't strike twice – unless you happen to be Schumacher.

As was the case three years previous, the German racer led the championship by a solitary point going into the final race of the season in Jerez, only this time it was Jacques Villeneuve hunting him down.

And as before, Schumacher led the Canadian for large periods of the race, until lap 48 when Villeneuve launched an audacious move up the inside at the Dry Sac corner.

It was a perfectly timed lunge to take the lead of the race – and the world championship – but Schumacher was having none of it and appeared to deliberately turn in on his title rival.

The Ferrari driver's moment of madness backfired, and as well as being forced to retire from the race itself, handing the championship to Villeneuve, he was subsequently disqualified from the season as a whole.

Coulthard brawl (1998)

The Belgian Grand Prix is always good for a bit of drama, and in 1998, Spa served up not only the most spectacular crash in F1 history, but also one of biggest bust-ups the sport has ever seen, all in a single action-packed afternoon.

In scenes more reminiscent of a stock car derby, seven cars exited the Grand Prix on the opening lap after an incredible 13-car pile-up.

Once the race eventually restarted, Schumacher, who excelled in the wet, assumed control and raced into the lead.

That lead disappeared on lap 24 when coming up to lap David Coulthard, he inexplicably ploughed right into the back of the McLaren, putting himself out of the race.

Furious at what he believed to be deliberate act of sabotage from Coulthard to help his McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen, Schumacher marched to the Silver Arrows pit garage and sought out the Scotsman for a scrap.

Schumacher, who later accused Coulthard of trying to kill him, a comment he subsequently retracted, had to be restrained as tensions well and truly boiled over on a race day few will ever forget.

Team orders (2002)

While Schumacher's previous controversies involved big crashes, this one concerned the use of team orders and actually went on to change the laws of the sport.

The German's Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello had driven a perfect race at Austria in 2002 and was heading for a deserved win, when he was told to let Schumacher past to collect maximum points.

Begrudgingly, Barrichello obliged and slowed to let him past on the final lap to jeers and boos from a crowd who rightly felt as though they had been short changed.

The incident wasn't really Schumacher's doing, and he allowed Barrichello up onto the top step of the podium and even gave him the winners' trophy.

Following the Austria affair, the FIA banned the use of team orders to affect the result of a race.


Parking in Monaco (2006)

Monaco is famous for glitz, glamour and gambling – unfortunately for Schumacher, he appeared to roll snake eyes when taking a huge punt at Monte Carlo in 2006.

During qualifying on the Saturday, title rival Fernando Alonso looked set to beat his pole time and gain a significant advantage at a circuit where it is notoriously difficult to overtake.

Sensing danger, Schumacher appeared to feign a crash at Rascasse, plunging his car into the barriers to block other drivers, causing the session to be stopped.

It left Alonso unable to complete his flying lap, and while the Ferrari pilot must have felt like he'd hit the jackpot, the stewards saw didn't see things the same way and relegated him to the back of the grid.

Keke Rosberg, 1982 F1 world champion and father to Nico, was one of a number of people who labelled Schumacher a cheat after the incident.

"If he was a real man he would have parked the car in the middle of the road and walked away," Rosberg said..

"We would have thought much better of him. It was the worst thing I have seen in Formula One. I thought he had grown up. He is a cheap cheat. He should leave F1 to honest people."

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