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Schumacher to receive testimonial trophy 21 Oct 2006

The testimonial trophy to be presented by Pele to Michael Schumacher to mark the end of his competitive Formula One career at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix. © 2006 FOA

History's greatest footballer to honour its greatest driver

Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher is to be presented with this one-off trophy at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Legendary footballer Pele will hand over the specially-commissioned cup to mark Schumacher’s retirement from Formula One racing and thank him for his contribution to the sport.

The presentation is due to take place before Schumacher - himself a keen footballer - starts his 250th and final Grand Prix, which will decide whether he will be crowned champion for a record-extending eighth time.

It will not be Pele’s first official appearance at Interlagos. The Brazilian - a long-time fan of Formula One racing - famously waved the chequered flag at the wrong car on a previous visit to the circuit a few years ago.