112-minute documentary focuses on the career and life of the legendary seven-time F1 world champion
By F1total.ca staff
SCHUMACHER, a documentary focusing on the life and career of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michel Schumacher, is out now on Netflix.
The 112-minute film is fully supported by the family of the legendary driver, who suffered a ski accident in December 2013 and has since then been in recovery with little to no details about his conditions released to the general public.
Born in Hürth, Germany, in 1969, Schumacher became one of sports’ most illustrious names through an incredibly successful Formula 1 career. He had 91 wins, 155 podiums and 68 pole positions in 308 races, all previous records that went on to be beaten by Lewis Hamilton.
Schumacher made his debut at the 1991 Belgium Grand Prix for Jordan and impressed despite retiring from the race. He moved to Benneton in the very next Grand Prix and went on to conquer the 1994 and 1995 world championships with the team.
A move to Ferrari in the following season would eventually see him claim five championships in a row from 2000 to 2004, guiding the iconic Italian outfit to their first drivers’ title since 1979, when South African Jody Scheckter got the honour. A year before, in 1999, Ferrari won their first constructors’ championship since 1983.
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Schumacher retired at the end of the 2006 season but came back as a Mercedes driver for three more seasons in 2010.
His son Mick Schumacher became a driver himself. Backed by the Ferrari Driver Academy, he won the 2019 F2 championship and is currently on his debut season as an F1 driver with Haas.
“Michael Schumacher has redefined the professional image of a racing driver and has set new standards,” said Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s long-time public relations person and manager, as quoted by F1.com. “In his quest for perfection, he spared neither himself nor his team, driving them to the greatest successes. He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities.”
“He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously. In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life. his film tells of both worlds. It is his family’s gift to their beloved husband and father.”
Watch the trailer for ‘SCHUMACHER’ below: