Michael Schumacher, Formula One's most successful driver, has retired for a second time from the sport at the age of 43 following Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Schumacher's 19 seasons in the sport saw him rewrite the record book and the rule book, primarily during his initial 16-year spell as the last three with Mercedes have been bitterly disappointing.

SIX OF THE BEST
1991: At the age of 22, qualifies a stunning seventh on his grand prix debut in Belgium with the unfancied Jordan team.

1992: Back in Belgium, and from third on the grid, Schumacher seals the first of his record 91 grands prix victories.

1994: Manages an heroic second place in Spain despite racing for 40 laps stuck in fifth gear.

1995: Reels in Jean Alesi in the closing stages at the Nurburgring, obliterating a 42-second deficit in 27 laps before passing the Ferrari around the outside on the penultimate lap.

1996: Wins at a wet Barcelona by 45 seconds after annihilating the opposition despite dropping to sixth at the start.

2003: Responds to the death of his mother overnight by winning in Imola despite his grief.

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  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher waves as he poses with the Mercedes team on November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) and teammate Nico Rosemberg pose with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25 , 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures as he poses with the Mercedes team on November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher poses with the Mercedes team on November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) is greeted by team mananger Ross Brown on November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (R) jokes with Mercedes team members in the pits on November 25 , 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) and teammate Nico Rosemberg pose with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25 , 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP attends the drivers end of season photograph before his last race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher waves as he poses with the Mercedes teamon November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP attends the drivers end of season photograph before his last race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher flashes the 'V' as he poses with the Mercedes teamon November 25 , 2012 in the pits of the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CORREX-AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) and teammate Nico Rosemberg pose with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25 , 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Michael Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilian GP. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-BRA

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher smiles after posing with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos speedway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilain frand prix. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / POOL (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives in his last race during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-BRA

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures after posing with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos speedway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilain frand prix. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / POOL (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-BRA

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher poses with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos speedway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilain frand prix. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / POOL (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP attends the drivers end of season photograph before his last race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-BRA

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures after posing with the Mercedes team in the pits on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos speedway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schumacher will retire from the F-1 after the Brazilain frand prix. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / POOL (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER-VETTEL N

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) leaves the pits as Sebastian Vettel (back) is surrounded by journalists at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Jenson Button won the race, followed by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and Vettel arrived in sixth place, getting the F1 championship. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-SCHUMACHER

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gives the thumb up at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher enjoys a beer at the Mercedes pits at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Jenson Button won the race, followed by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. AFP PHOTO YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Mark Webber (C) of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP and Kimi Raikkonen (R) of Finland and Lotus during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is congratulated by Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP in parc ferme as he finishes in sixth position and clinches the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme after finishing his last F1 race following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme after finishing his last F1 race following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP attends the drivers end of season photograph before his last race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is congratulated by Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP in parc ferme as he finishes in sixth position and clinches the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is congratulated by Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP in parc ferme as he finishes in sixth position and clinches the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-PREPARATIONS

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has his Mercedes tuned on November 24, 2012 during the free practices for the Brazilian GP on Sunday at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-PREPARATIONS

    German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher powers his Mercedes on November 24, 2012 during the free practices for the Brazilian GP on Sunday at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/ ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying

    SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 24: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

SIX OF THE WORST
1994: Finishes second at Silverstone, but fails to serve a five-second stop-go penalty, then ignores black flags. Sixteen days after the event, the FIA World Motor Sport Council hands Schumacher a two-race ban and strip him of his second place.

1994: After hitting the Adelaide wall and terminally damaging his car, smashes into Damon Hill to secure his first world title.

1997: Cynically slams into Jacques Villeneuve in a failed bid to win the title. Is stripped of his second place in the championship by the FIA.

2002: Takes advantage of Ferrari team orders to pass team-mate Rubens Barrichello yards from the chequered flag in Austria for a victory greeted by derision from the crowd.

2002: Inexplicably attempted to engineer a dead heat at Indianapolis, only to lose out to Barrichello by 0.011 seconds.

2006: Parks his Ferrari across the track in Monaco in an attempt to disrupt qualifying and retain pole position. Sent to the back of the grid by stewards.