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Michael Schumacher

Michael and Ralf Schumacher's home town facing demolition

Kerpen-Manheim was home to the young Michael and Ralf Schumacher, and was where the seven-time champion married his wife, Corinna.

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The home town of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is set to be demolished - although the famous karting track will be unaffected.

Schumacher and his Grand Prix-winning brother Ralf grew up in Kerpen-Manheim, west of Cologne and near the Belgian and Dutch borders.

The town has fallen into disrepair, with only a handful of residents remaining, and it is now set to be demolished for mining excavations.

Located nearby is the massive Hambach mine, source of Lignite, a form of brown coal used in power generation, but is regarded as one of the most polluting forms.

In the demolition, the famous karting track where Schumacher raced a young Lewis Hamilton in 2001 will survive as will the local church and the house belonging to Schumacher's parents.

Auto Bild report that the first rental apartment that Michael and Corinna Schumacher shared no longer exists.

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