A victorious race and 5 titles – simply put, this was the result at the end of the French Grand Prix in 2002.
Schumacher drove into the 10th race of the season with a seemingly unassailable lead but was handed a drive-through penalty for crossing the white pit lane exit line after his tyre change on lap 26 which dropped him to third. No one would have bet on him sealing his fifth Drivers’ crown that day. But that’s exactly what happened.
Never had the championship been decided so early and it meant Schumacher equalled Juan Manuel Fangio’s tally of five championship wins.