Schumacher: anatomically correct?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher Anatomy

We’ve all seen quite enough of Max Mosley’s anatomy, so here’s Michael Schumacher’s.

No, the seven-times world champion hasn’t been up to any mischief: this is a 1:18 scale presentation model of Michael Schumacher I found in the Grand Prix Legends catalogue and thought was quite amusing (view large size image)…

The “Michael Schumacher Anatomy” commemorative display comes in two pieces: a smart model of his 2006 248 F1 Ferrari, half in red, half in mock carbon fibre, with various technical details pointed out.

It’s accompanied by a figure of the man himself, albeit looking more like his fat cousin, with cheesy notes on those parts of his “anatomy” that made him a great champion: “great passion and heart”, “sheer joy for the sport.”

Oh, please. Michael Schumacher may be one of the all-time F1 greats, but he did not win seven world championships and 91 races because of his “sheer joy for the sport.”

He was a ruthless, calculating, winning machine. What he loved about the sport was coming first.

When he and Eddie Irvine finished first and second for Ferrari at Magny-Cours in 1998 he demonstrated the depth of his joy and passion for the sport by asking if two Ferrari drivers had ever finished first and second in a race before. He even once admitted that, having visited a Grand Prix for the first time in 1989, he didn’t much enjoy the experience.

The car model looks good though and it’s got me thinking I should buy one, though perhaps with a more historic flavour. Perhaps Nigel Mansell’s 1986 Williams-Honda, orMario Andretti’s 1978 ground effects Lotus, or a classic Juan-Manuel Fangio Maserati 250F…

What do you think? Do you collect F1 models?

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