OMEGA star ambassador Michael Schumacher yesterday won a record-breaking sixth Formula 1 World Championship title. This astounding achievement means that he has finally superseded the record of five titles that he shared with Juan-Manuel Fangio and has become the best racing driver the world has ever known.
Schumacher's success at the season-ending Japanese Grand-Prix marked the end of yet another year of top class racing. After obtaining his 70th career Formula 1 victory in the US Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 28 September, the master of speed needed just one point in Japan to clinch the title. Speculators frequently commented on the likelihood of Schumi obtaining this, however the driver himself never allowed complacency to set in. "In sport you can never be sure of anything. Everyone thinks it's a done deal, but that's not the case. If you feel too secure the opposite can happen, and that is why I must stay very focused". And it was with the same attitude of sheer determination that has helped him secure all of his victories thus far that yesterday Schumacher earnt the most superlative achievement of his career.
As a long-term partner of the racing star, OMEGA has decided to commemorate Schumacher's success by producing a highly exclusive collection of limited-edition watches which will pay tribute to his historic sixth World Championship title. The prestigious timepieces, to be launched in 2004, will be the perfect addition to a collection of watches that the brand has already produced to celebrate Schumacher's individual victories. It will also complement the very special OMEGA Speedmaster Broad Arrow Limited Edition that the brand launched this year to commemorate Schumacher's five World Championship titles. Up until yesterday, only one other driver had won five titles: Argentinian Juan-Manuel Fangio, who stormed to success during the very first years of the sport, taking the title in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. Though numerous drivers have since beaten Fangio's points total of 277, only Michael Schumacher had managed to equal his record five World Championship titles and the limited edition watch commemorates that extraordinary achievement, bearing the inscription "MICHAEL SCHUMACHER – FIVE-TIMES WORLD CHAMPION".
Now that Schumacher has managed to secure a sixth World Championship title, the 34-year-old – who also holds the mark for the most wins, fastest laps and points in Formula 1 history – looks set to linger in the history books.
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