Gallery: 17 years ago, Michael Schumacher took the world championship for Ferrari

In the fall of 2000, Michael Schumacher delivered for the Tifosi. After 21 years since 1979, he fetched the world Formula 1 title for Ferrari. We present a gallery on this momentous achievement.

October 2000, Suzuka: With the fall of the chequered flag at the Japanese Grand Prix, there was no stopping Michael Schumacher. The then 31-year-old was barely able to contain himself. With the victory in Suzuka, Schumi had become the Formula 1 world champion in 2000.

For the Italian Formula 1 team with such a great tradition, a 21-year losing streak came to an end. The last title Ferrari had won was through South African Jody Scheckter in 1979. Since then, the Maranello team and Schumacher had come close to winning but the title win eluded them on several occasions.

But on October 8, 2000, it all fell into place. Schumacher started from pole position but lost the lead to his title rival Mika Hakkinen in the McLaren-Mercedes. Only in the course of the pit stops did Schumacher and Ferrari make up places. At the end, Schumacher crossed the finish line 1.837s ahead of Hakkinen and became champion of the world.

It was the beginning of the modern Ferrari Era in F1. The combination of Schumacher and Ferrari was on the rise and they dominated the sport for years. After 2000, Schumacher also won the drivers' title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He broke practically every important Formula 1 record and went on to become the driver with the most number of titles. 

Here are the pictures to Schumacher's title wins with Ferrari:

Under the Ferris Wheel, a big thing was to happen for Ferrari

Under the Ferris Wheel, a big thing was to happen for Ferrari
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Michael Schumacher takes pole position

Michael Schumacher takes pole position
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He knows that with a win, he will be the world champion

He knows that with a win, he will be the world champion
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Mika Hakkinen is his only rival

Mika Hakkinen is his only rival
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At the start, Hakkinen overtakes Schumacher

At the start, Hakkinen overtakes Schumacher
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Schumacher fights on

Schumacher fights on
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A good pit stop puts Schumacher in the lead

A good pit stop puts Schumacher in the lead
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The win makes him the world champion

The win makes him the world champion
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Mika Hakkinen congratulates Schumacher

Mika Hakkinen congratulates Schumacher
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The Schumacher victory jump

The Schumacher victory jump
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He is now three-time world champion

He is now three-time world champion
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Podium celebrations

Podium celebrations
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A new era for Ferrari

A new era for Ferrari
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Ferrari and Italy are proud of Schumacher

Ferrari and Italy are proud of Schumacher
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With wife Corrina after the title win

With wife Corrina after the title win
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The complete Ferrari team

The complete Ferrari team
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Schumacher celebrates late into the evening

Schumacher celebrates late into the evening
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The team gets applause from the fans

The team gets applause from the fans
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The mechanics celebrate in an unusual way

The mechanics celebrate in an unusual way
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In the next race, Ferrari also take the constructors' title

In the next race, Ferrari also take the constructors' title
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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari
Article type Nostalgia
Tags champion, ferrari, maranello