In Texas, during what will go down as one of the absolute best inaugural Grand Prix weekends in series history, there was yet another Formula One record set by his lordship, the soon to retire Michael Schumacher of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 squad. And, no, it wasn't his finishing in 16th place and lapped by the leaders that got the attention. Nor was it his recent purchase of a 500-acre horse ranch in Texas.

While watching the broadcast television coverage, the chief commentator announced that, upon the completion of Lap 10 of the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas, Schumacher became the most traveled Formula One pilot in history. That lap saw him clock 80,000 kilometers – or 49,710 miles – in competition in an F1 car over 19 seasons. By the time he finishes the 2012 F1 season finale on November 25th in Brazil, that'll be over two-times the 24,901-mile circumference of planet Earth driven in a Formula One car.

This feat outdistanced the record set by his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, though it is not known if Barrichello came to the Mercedes trailer after the race to congratulate the seven-time F1 champ. Rubens was, after all, a guest of honor over at the Ferrari compound.


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      William Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad he is leaving((
      Bryan Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've driven around the world seven time in a minivan in 4 1/2 years!
      Carma Racing
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did it have pontoons or something for the ocean?
      Adam Epp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nineteen seasons in NASCAR would be roughly 275k miles...just sayin.
        Reparkable
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Adam Epp
        Yes, but the G-forces and physical toll an F1 car puts on the body is worse than a stock car!
      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember when F1 cars looked beautifully cool? No matter how you paint THAT thing, it would still look fugly.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      And I bet that doesnt calculate the insane amount of test laps he did when in-season testing wasnt banned. I read that he used to do 200 laps during test sessions.