December 11, 2007 / 2:26 PM / 10 years ago

Schumacher turns taxi driver to catch his flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - Michael Schumacher can add the unofficial title of Germany’s fastest taxi driver to his other achievements after taking over behind the wheel to get his family to the airport on time.

<p>In this file photo former Formula One champion Michael Scumacher looks on as team mechanics work on his car during a testing session at the Ricardo Tormo race track near Valencia February 3, 2005. Schumacher can add the unofficial title of Germany's fastest taxi driver to his other achievements after taking over behind the wheel to get his family to the airport on time. REUTERS/Heino Kalis PH/acm</p>

The retired Formula One champion drove the cab back to the airport himself after a trip out to the village of Gehuelz, near Coburg in southern Germany, left the family short of time to make their flight home, the Muenchner Abendzeitung newspaper reported.

“It was crazy having Schumi driving, with me in the passenger seat,” the taxi driver was quoted as saying.

The seven-times world champion, who stopped racing last year but is still involved in the sport as an occasional tester for Ferrari, gave the driver a 100 euro (71.76 pounds) tip on top of the 60 euro fare, the newspaper said.

Writing by Kevin Fylan, editing by Alan Baldwin

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