With seven Formula One championship under his belt, Michael Schumacher is the most successful racer of Formula 1 and one of the greatest motor sports driver in the world. The retired German racer was the face of Ferrari for a decade and with his tremendous on track success also became one of best paid athletes in the sport’s history.
Widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records, including most podium finishes and most consecutive race wins. Sebastian has a unique habit of naming his cars as he feels it is important to share a close relationship with the cars that he drives.
The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.
Nico Hülkenberg initially worked as a forwarding agent at his father’s shipping company. He had started his racing career with go-karting at age 10 and grew up to race for Formula BMW, Formula Three, and GP2, among others. He scripted history by winning the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in his first attempt.
Ralf Schumacher is a German former racing driver who first drove in Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix for the 1997 season. He is the younger brother of former Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. He began karting at three and took to automobile racing as a young adult. He has since retired from motorsport and now mentors young drivers.
German-Mauritian racing driver Pascal Wehrlein is the son of a boxer father and was thus no stranger to the world of sports. Starting his career with go-karting, he later became the youngest winner of the DTM series. He has represented teams such as Mercedes, Mahindra, and even Scuderia Ferrari.
German racing driver Sophia Flörsch is also skilled in activities such as karting, wind surfing, and skiing. She now competes for Abt Sportsline and the Richard Mille Racing Team. In 2020, she received the Laureus Comeback of the Year award for surviving a deadly accident on track and a spinal surgery.
Former German racing driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen is best known for ending up as the 1997 Formula One World Drivers' Championship runner-up. He is part of the elite club of 7 German drivers who have ever won the country a Grand Prix. He also had a 3-year racing stint at DTM.
Nick Heidfeld is a German professional racing driver known for scoring the most podium finishes without a Grand Prix win (13). He began racing karts as an 11-year-old and moved into the German Formula Ford series as a young man. He had a successful junior career and began his Formula One career in 2000.
German-Uruguayan racing driver Adrian Sutil is known for his 7-season stint with Formula One. Starting his career with go-karting as a teenager, he grew up to represent Spyker and Sauber F1 teams. He was suspended for a Shanghai nightclub brawl, where he was celebrating Lewis Hamilton's win in the Chinese Grand Prix.
German racing driver and BMW Motorsport works driver Timo Glock had begun his motorsport career at the tender age of 15. He was dragged into a controversy when critics claimed he let Briton Lewis Hamilton overtake him during the final lap of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, a claim he still denies.
Jochen Mass is a German former racing driver who has participated in 114 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix. He was the winner of the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. He enjoyed great success in sports car racing after leaving the Formula One circuit. At present, he drives the Mercedes-Benz museum's historic cars. He played himself in the 2013 film Rush.
A 3-time Le Mans 24-hour racing champion, German racing driver André Lotterer now represents the TAG Heuer Porsche team. Though born in a German town, he often visits the Belgian town of Nivelles, where he was raised. He has also lived in Tokyo and Monaco.
Hans-Joachim Stuck is a German racing driver. The son of legendary motor racing driver Hans Stuck, he was introduced to racing early on. He won his first 24 hours race at the age of 19 and proceeded to have a brilliant racing career. He has competed in Formula One and many other categories during his long career.
Hans Heyer went down in history for a funny incident at his only attempt at Formula 1. He, apparently, wasn’t qualified to race at the 1977 German Grand Prix, for being too slow, but began the race anyway and was then disqualified. He was also known for his signature Tyrolean hat.
Christian Danner is a former racing driver from Germany who has competed in Formula One and Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. He won two races at the Hockenheimring driving a BMW M3 in the late 1980s. He also participated in the Japanese Formula 3000 in 1990. After retiring as a racer, he became an F1 commentator for a German channel.
Starting his career with go-karting, German racing driver Pierre Kaffer has had a 5-season stint at Formula 3. He also won the Sebring 12 Hours race of the American Le Mans series. He has also raced for DTM and Porsche. The ace driver now lives in Switzerland.
Born in a remote German village, Edgar Barth began racing bikes at age 16. He raced with BMW until the war made him part of East Germany. Though he raced for series such as Formula 2 Porsche, he best enjoyed hill-climb competitions. He died of cancer at age 48.
German racing driver Gunther Bechem had initially competed in Formula 1, driving a BMW under the pseudonym Bernhard Nacke. He injured himself badly in a crash at the sporting event Carrera Panamericana but eventually recovered. It is believed, he had used a pseudonym to hide his racing activities from his disapproving family.
German racer Erwin Bauer began making waves in the racing circuit after crossing age 40. He is best remembered for driving an outclassed Lotus during the 1954 1000km Nürburgring and reaching the 4th place. He tragically died after crashing his Ferrari at the 1958 Nürburgring, failing to realize that the race was over.
Former German racer Kurt Ahrens Jr. was mostly seen racing in Formula 2. The son of a speedway riding champion, Kurt also owned a garage and dealt in scrap metal initially. Interestingly, he later competed against his father in many races. He also had a successful stint with Porsche.
German racing driver Marvin Kirchhöfer began his career with karting and rose through the ranks to compete in the German Formula 3, GP3, and GP2 series. At 18, he had claimed the ADAC Formel Masters title, with 9 wins. Following his GP2 career, he served as a pseudo-factory driver for the Mercedes-Benz team.
Born into a family of textile manufacturers, Kurt Adolff shunned his family business to enter Formula 2 races as a private participant instead. He had also served as a paratrooper during World War II. He came to be known for racing BMW-engined specials and later raced in a Ferrari 500, too.
German racing driver Willi Heeks debuted in the World Championship Grand Prix in the year 1952 and also participated in the Grand Prix events of the following year. However, he did not score any championship points in either of the games. His best grid position was 9th in the 1952 games.
A talented racing driver from Germany, Alexander Grau has been part of championships such as the German Formula 3 and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft series. The Augsburg-born ace driver has also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. He has also competed for teams such as Zakspeed.
Former German racing driver Oswald Karch began racing at Formula 2. While he initially drove a BMW Eigenbau, he later switched to a Veritas. In the 1953 German Grand Prix, he lasted for 10 laps, after which he suffered an engine failure. He retired the following year, after racing in Dresden and Morocco.
Fritz Riess won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1952, representing Mercedes, along with fellow racer Hermann Lang. He also competed in the German Grand Prix the same year, which was his only Formula 1 championship and in which he finished seventh.