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Michael Schumacher: From Flawed Champion to Sympathetic Figure

I was never a Michael Schumacher fan. His years at Ferrari were agony for me, as he piled up titles and records at a prodigious rate. When Fernando Alonso finally ended his run of five straight championships in 2005, I was happy. When Schumi retired after the 2006 season, I was ecstatic. But then, in 2010, he returned to Formula One with the revived Mercedes factory team: Two German icons seeking a return to glory. It was not to be. Schumacher's struggles, despite his obvious commitment, turned him from a flawed champion—known for his more-than-occassional, less-than-accidental clashes with his rivals—into a sympathetic, almost tragic figure.  That tragedy was compounded and magnified with the news that the now-retired Germ...

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