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It’s not indisputable, being one of a trio of double world championship winners during the 1990s. Especially given he was title-less in the second half of the decade.
But it’s more than his two controversial crowns with Benetton in 1994 and 1995; it’s more than the 35 Grands Prix he won after a stunning debut in an otherwise uncompetitive Jordan in 1991.
It’s about everything he drove towards for almost an entire decade.
He won in his first full season and again in ’93—the only non-Williams or McLaren to triumph that campaign.
When Ayrton Senna tragically died at Imola, Schumacher went on to claim a maiden, albeit highly controversial, triumph against an arguably superior Williams in the hands of Damon Hill.
A much more "trick" Benetton guided him to a second title the following season before he switched to Ferrari.
His first win was all about his talent in a car which was flattered throughout the campaign, but the German still notched up three more wins.
Controversy befell him again in 1997 when he was excluded for that collision with the superior Williams of eventual champion Jacques Villeneuve in the final race of the season.
1998 was characterised by a long battle with Mika Hakkinen, which the Finn won in his McLaren, but a championship challenge in 1999 was halted by a leg-breaking crash at Silverstone.
With due respect to Eddie Irvine, the fact he ran Hakkinen so close for the title gives some validation to the theory Schumacher probably would have claimed a third crown.
Hakkinen was inconsistent in ’99, winning five times but not scoring in five races as well. Schumacher ended up 30 points back in the title chase despite missing six Grands Prix.
Despite only losing 20 points to the Finn in that period, different circumstances would have led to different results, though only a brave man would predict exactly what they would be.
Ultimately, Schumacher’s sheer consistency—his ever-presence in title fights is a testament to that—and victory tally stands him above the rest in the 1990s. World-class drivers graced the period, but none as long (with success) as the German.