Schumacher tribute at Ferrari Museum opens

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AN exhibition honoring Michael Schumacher on Jan. 3 — the 50th birthday of the seven-time Formula One world champion — was opened at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy.

Called the “Michael 50,” the exhibit tells the story of Mr. Schumacher’s record-breaking F1 career — the German driver won a still-unequalled seven world titles, 91 races and 155 podium finishes. On display at the museum’s Hall of Victories are some of the most important Ferrari F1 cars driven by Mr. Schumacher during his 11 years with the Scuderia Ferrari — the car maker’s F1 division. The cars range from the F310 of 1996, with which Mr. Schumacher won three races in his first season with Ferrari, to the F399, the car that won the constructors’ title in 1999, and which heralded Mr. Schumacher’s and Ferrari’s five-year dominance in Formula One racing.

Also included in the exhibit is the F1-2000, or “Alba Rossa” (“Red Dawn”), which Mr. Schumacher drove in 2000 to hand Ferrari its first world title since Jody Scheckter took the driver’s championship in 1979. The record-breaking F2002 and F2004 join the exhibit, too; Ferrari won but two of the 17 races in 2002 and clinched 15 of the 18 races in 2004. Taking an equally special spot at the museum is the 248 F1 of 2006, the car Mr. Schumacher drove to score his 72nd and final victory with Ferrari.

Along with the race cars, another highlight of the exhibit is Mr. Schumacher’s role in Ferrari after he first retired from F1 racing. The champion helped in developing various Ferrari road cars, notably the 2007 430 Scuderia and the 2008 California, both displayed at the museum.

The “Michael 50” benefits the Keep Fighting Foundation, a non-profit initiative for Mr. Schumacher, who was seriously injured in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.