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VIDEO: Schumacher starts path to glory at Spa

VIDEO: Schumacher starts path to glory at Spa

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VIDEO: Schumacher starts path to glory at Spa

VIDEO: Schumacher starts path to glory at Spa

Formula 1 will finally return next week after the summer shutdown at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps has played host to many memorable moments in F1, but one of the most significant was the first grand prix victory of a certain Michael Schumacher in 1992.

Schumacher had made his F1 debut in the Ardennes Forest a year prior, stepping in for the jailed Bertrand Gachot in the Jordan, although he had moved to Benetton by the time 92's race rolled around.

The weekend is also fondly remembered for Ayrton Senna stopping on track to pull Erik Comas out of his Ligier after a heavy crash in practice - the Frenchman later crediting Senna with saving his life in the process.

Senna and Schumacher were blown away in qualifying, starting second and third on the grid respectively, but over two seconds down on new world champion Nigel Mansell in the all-conquering Williams.

Senna gambled when rain arrived, dropping him out of contention, with Schumacher and team-mate Martin Brundle in line to benefit as Mansell also struggled in the slippery conditions.

They were in line to benefit because Benetton had an ace down their sleeve, a planned pit-stop for slick tyres as the track began to dry out.

Brundle has recalled that he was in fact due for a service first, but Schumacher ran off track and through the mud, forcing Benetton to call him in and immediately unleashing the German for a surge to his very first grand prix win.

Schumacher racked up 90 more wins, and remains the ultimate record-holder as well as the undisputed all-time star of F1.

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