Lotus posted a very fitting #TBT image to its social media channels this morning – today, November 13, marks 20 years to the day since Michael Schumacher captured his first of a record seven Formula One World Driver’s Championships.
At the time, Schumacher drove for the team now known as Lotus, then known as Benetton, to secure the title in the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.
Schumacher held off Williams’ Damon Hill by a single point – 92 to 91 – to end the turbulent 1994 season. The title was somewhat marred by the contact between the two where both drivers were out on the spot.
But Schumacher had been the dominant driver for the majority of the season, winning six of the opening seven Grands Prix to start the season and two more for a total of eight. Hill rallied while Schumacher had several retirements, two disqualifications and a two-race ban to get within a point heading to Adelaide.
Of course now, we continue to wish the best for Schumacher in his recovery process from his skiing accident last December, nearly an entire year on.