Today in History
13.11.1994: Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 World Champion
"It was a very hard race, a strenuous race from the physical and also from the psychological point of view,” Schumacher said. “Damon was somebody who really put me under a lot of pressure. We fought very hard against each other.”

Schumacher dedicated his title to the Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna. Senna had died with Austrian Roland Ratzenberger on the same weekend in 1994.

"Ayrton, Roland. They were situations that were specifically very difficult for me to come to terms with, to get over, to understand, since I had never been confronted with death at that point,” Schumacher said.

"In fact, for me it was always clear that Ayrton was the one who would win the world championship. He was the best driver; he also had the best equipment. Therefore I would like to take the opportunity to dedicate the world championship, my first world championship, to Ayrton Senna."

In Schumacher’s hometown, Kerpen near Cologne, Formula 1 fans followed the triumph of the then 25-year-old live on television.

"We are from the Michael Schumacher fan club in Steinstraße and have driven more than 80 kilometers in a minibus with nine people in order to see Michael Schumacher win. It was worth it for us. And because we come from the Rhineland it's like Christmas and carnival have come at once," said one.

"A blissful sensation, I am over the moon because I like him, because he is normal. And he is still the same as he was, just as I knew him,” another said.

Schumacher had learned to drive on a carting track in Kerpen. And many of his fans made a pilgrimage there after his win in Adelaide: "Many drove to the cart track where Michael Schumacher did his first test drives as a small boy. On Monday they all had to go to work again. There wasn’t a lot of time to catch up on sleep. But what difference did it make? Kerpen now has a world champion. Who needs more?”
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Which of the Schumacher brothers won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1994?
  Michael Schumacher
  Ralf Schumacher
  Christian Schumacher