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Current Schumacher records:
Total titles: 7
Consecutive titles: 5
Two titles for Michael at Benetton in 94' and 95' were followed by complete dominance at Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.
His seven world titles stand as a testament to the speed and talent encompassed within and his ability to transform an occasional race winning team into a title winning outfit.
After his initial exit from the sport, much was made of the wide variety of potential title winners in comparison to the lack of a constant competition to Schumacher's crown.
Alonso, Raikkonen, Massa, Kubica, Button, Barrichello, Hamilton, Webber and Vettel each took turns in either leading the title race or at least being in with a chance.
Alonso took two consecutive titles at Renault and built himself a reputation as being one of, if not the most rounded racer on track.
Yet his ill fated move to Mclaren and then even further decline back at Renault halted what could have been a glorious run.
It is only now he looks able to win races again and challenge for the title at Ferrari. 2012 could be the season where we are reminded why many regard him as the best in the field. He could potentially gain the future titles that will further elevate his status.
In amongst the catalogue of other drivers however, it is Sebastian Vettel who looks most likely to challenge Schumacher's title wins. As he looks to have his second consecutive title in the bag the Red Bull driver has one major advantage—his age.
His early emergence into the sport means he has many certain years within the sport and therefore a barrage of opportunity to overtake Schumacher's tally.
His dominance this season has echoed Schumacher's demolition at different points in the last 20 years. A continuation of this could see him reach the seven titles of Schumacher in no time at all, even edging him into double figures if other teams and drivers cannot keep up.
If the last few seasons have taught us anything though, it is that no one is truly invincible. If future seasons follow on from the game of musical chairs being played then it may be a long time before anyone comes close to this record.